Veteran free agent pitcher Chad Gaudin worked out for members of the Diamondbacks front office at Salt River Fields on Sunday according to a report by Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart told Piecoro that he is considering making an offer to the right-hander.
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He missed the entire 2014 season due to a neck injury. He posted a solid 3.34 FIP, and a 113 ERA+ in 97 innings pitched (12 starts, 18 relief appearances).
He struck out 88 batters in 2013 while walking 40, and he has a career 42.4 GB% which is something that the Diamondbacks front office should keep in mind when they decide to acquire a pitcher or not given how Chase Field plays.
He has a career 4.44 era across 11 big league seasons.
Gaudin doesn’t have the mechanics to be a starter at this point in his career, and plus the Diamondbacks already have 12 guys to choose from for the rotation this spring.
If the Dbacks do sign him, he would provide bullpen depth likely in a swing man role. Given his numbers with the Giants in 2013, and the fact that he would be on a minor league deal, I don’t see why the Dbacks shouldn’t give him a shot.
In this day in age, teams can never have enough quality bullpen depth.