The Philadelphia Phillies just announced they added a new arm to their staff, and that arm is right-hander Chad Gaudin. He was on the San Francisco Giants last season and has the ability to start or come in as a reliever. With the Phillies not having a set rotation as of yet, could Gaudin be a possibility for the fifth man?
The Phillies signed Gaudin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, and he will most likely be competing for a spot in the rotation. It seems as though Cole Hamels, Roberto Hernandez, Kyle Kendrick and Cliff Lee have locked up spots. The last spot could be between Gaudin, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez or Jonathan Pettibone.
Gaudin has a good chance at the spot as last season he had a record of 5-2. His ERA was 3.06 which was lower than Hamels’ and Kendrick’s. He only gave up six home runs and stuck out 88. Gaudin may have only started 12 games, but they were quality starts. He would be able to keep the team in the game.
If Gonzalez or Pettibone out-pitch him this spring it won’t be that big of a deal. Gaudin has experience pitching out of the bullpen. Last season before going into the rotation he was a relief pitcher, and in those relief appearances his ERA was just 2.05.
Gaudin shouldn’t worry about making the team. If he doesn’t get the fifth spot he certainly will make the bullpen. The team needs bullpen help, and Gaudin is a strong pitcher to fill the role. He is just 30-years-old, so his arm should still have talent left in it for at least a few more years.
The Phillies will have a tough decision to make for that fifth starter’s role, but Gaudin will be a great addition to the Phillies club no matter what role he earns.