Aug
06

Yankees acquire Chad Gaudin

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Via the YES broadcast (Carig confirms), the Yanks acquired Chad Gaudin from the Padres for a player to be named later. Gaudin figures to compete with Sergio Mitre for the fifth starter spot, if not assume it outright. He had a 5.13 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with San Diego, but his FIP is a much prettier 3.68. Amazingly, Gaudin is only 26 and still has another year of team control left. The PTBNL might be fairly significant (as in not lower level filler).

I’ve been a Gaudin fan since he was with Oakland, so I approve.


Update (10:17pm):
Joel Sherman says the Yanks owe Gaudin $650,000 the rest of the year, but tack on another $260,000 to the league for luxury tax.

Update (10:38pm): T-Kep says the plan is for Gaudin to work out of the bullpen, but you have to assume the clock is ticking on Mitre.

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  • Charlie

    nice. the guy’s not great, but he’ll give us more depth and he might be better than mitre

  • V

    He’s gonna have to shave that squirrel off his chin now: http://waiversharks.com/ramble.....gaudin.jpg

  • Steve H

    Yeah, nice to have either as #5 or long man. Good pickup.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    I don’t if Kay said it on the broadcast, its not official to me until I see it posted on RAB.

  • Mike Pop

    Solid pickup, I guess.

    Can’t complain.

  • c bleakley

    I would think he goes right into the rotation.

    • Mike Pop

      Doubt it, just some competition for Mitre.

      • truth

        mitri isn’t exactly competition

  • Salty Buggah

    not bad…more shit to throw at the wall

    • Charlie

      he’s actually got good stuff and he’s only 26, around a 9 k/9 and a hit per inning. he walks too many guys though

      • Salty Buggah

        yea but still (and dont let facts get in the way ;) )

  • Lanny

    Mitre is a goner. It was fun while it lasted.

    • Salty Buggah

      not really…

      • Mike Pop

        Yeah, not at all. Yet.

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

    Chad Gaudin’s *tRA is 4.53 this year. Yovani Gallardo and Clayton Kershaw are each at 4.46; Randy Wolf and Jair Jurrjens are at 4.56 and 4.57, respectively.

    • Charlie

      what the hell is tRA? so this is a good thing, right?

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

        http://www.statcorner.com/glossary.html

        Take it how you will, but I’m showing that his numbers are relative to some of the better National League pitchers this year.

    • Salty Buggah

      like that and the FIP

      Cashman is the new Theo

    • truth

      his FIP is sitting pretty at 3.68

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I don’t particularly like the numbers, but I think this will end up being a great move.

    • Mikebk

      he has either been really solid to excellent or awful in looking at his outings. the era is inflated cause he has given up 5 or more runs in 6 outings.

  • Mikebk

    according to the Elias rankings Gaudin is type B as a RP though i dont think he is FA eligible.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    3.68 FIP, 19.3 LD%, 1.5 WAR

  • Observer283

    Certainly helps with the limiting of Joba’s innings.

    • Greg G.

      Bingo!

  • c bleakley

    I like him better than Bronson Arroya

    • McCaff

      o

      • c bleakley

        Fatcessa’s pronunciation

  • Charlie

    how significant are we talking?? Mcallister significant?

    • Mikebk

      could we be sending nova back to SD?

      • Reggie C.

        That’d be a ridiculous overpay.

        This guy isn’t Tim Hudson , who would be worthy rental for a playoff run.

      • Charlie

        i would really hope not. i like nova a lot, he’s just hit a bump in the road

        • Mikebk

          i didnt say i would like it, but it would classify as significant unlike these igawa fantasies people are throwing out there.

          • Charlie

            those igawa fantasies were supposed to be jokes, i assume you know

            • Mikebk

              for some of you, i know, others not so sure. lol.

            • truth

              the funny thing about that is that today Cash said that a lot of NL teams liked Igawa.

          • wilcymoore

            Maybe Igawa is the PTBNL … (we can only wish).

    • c bleakley

      Can’t be.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No no no, not THAT significant. Maybe someone like Mike Dunn or Wilkins DeLaRosa.

      • Charlie

        would igawa get it done?

        • c bleakley

          San Deigo actually claimed Igawa from waivers a couple years ago. haha

          • Charlie

            god i wish we let them have him

      • Salty Buggah

        that’s pretty significant to me…

        how about Igawa?

        • Mikebk

          i wouldnt mind dunn but wilkins does seem a little much.

          • Salty Buggah

            yea but Dunn has a chance to be better than Cokie

            • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

              Except for the fact that Girardi has a man-crush on Coke.

            • Mikebk

              not if cant learn to stop walking people, but he does strike out plenty as well.

              • Salty Buggah

                thats why I said “chance.” He’d be up here right now if he stopped walking everyone.

        • wilcymoore

          Yeah … let S. D. have Igawa as the PTBNL.

          )I remember a couple of years backs when it was suggested San Diego might be the only ML environment in which Igawa could succeed, because it’s so hard to hit HRs there. Sadly, I don’t think Kei could keep the ball in Petco either.)

          • wilcymoore

            Just kidding of course. S. D. is not taking Kei Igawa for Gaudin. Mike’s probably right; likely they’ll choose someone like DeLaRosa or Dunn.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I’m worried this is a stupid question and I’m just not thinking of something… But why would Dunn or WDLR be a PTBNL? Why wouldn’t they just make the deal if it’s one of those guys and announce who it actually is, instead of PTBNL?

        • Mikebk

          not necessarily. it could be the yanks offered them a choice among a couple and they havent decided yet.

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah. I just usually think “DL” or “post-draft eligibility” when I see “PTBNL.” To make the deal and say “well you just decide later on, no rush” just seems funky to me so I look for other reasons. But yeah, probably no big reason for it.

            • Mikebk

              well think of the derosa deal where they got something up front and picked a player from the list to complete it. here the padres save the money now and get a player later. with any luck its just an edwar/albie type, but doubtful.

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Yeah… I get the concept, thanks.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              It could be something like: if he sucks, you get to pick from these three players. If he’s good, you get to pick from these three.

              • Mikebk

                do we hope he sucks so he costs less? j/k.

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Yeah… Again, that has just always seemed weird to me. Just seems strange to make a deal in which the package going to one party is contingent on the performance, post-transaction, of the package going to the other party. I’ll just have to get over it I guess. My therapist will hear about this.

  • Observer283

    What do people know about Duscherer? Is he pitching in the minors again? I heard he missed a start a while back. Still interested in him.

  • Reggie C.

    Rather have Tim Hudson…

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, he wouldn’t come as cheap though.

      Coming off surgery, at least we know Gaudin can go out there and pitch.

  • Accent Shallow

    Not a bad pickup.

    Hope the PTBNL is nobody.

  • Charlie

    nice, now we have cc, aj, joba, petitte, mitre, gaudin, and russ ortiz. If we get lincecum and greinke, then we’ll ALMOST have as much depth as the red sox

  • Russell NY

    When you walk the #9 hitter (Nick Green) with an 8 run lead the game should be stopped and on a big screen should be a video of you driving back to AAA.

  • V

    A PTBNL would be either 1) an injured player, 2) a recent draftee, or 3) a list of players, agreed that it will be one of them, but not known who yet, right?

    • Mikebk

      agreed. doesnt have to be a recent draftee though. could be someone who was drafted last year but hasnt been signed for 12 months i believe.

    • Sam

      Chris Garcia? Betances? Cervelli?

  • Dan

    This guy was on the free agent scrap heap early in the season after getting released by the cubbies. I cant see the Yankees giving up anything significant. The Pads were prob happy to just save the $$$$ this year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    It can’t be too significant a player if the Yankees are paying the rest of what’s owed to him.

  • Mike Pop

    T-Kep says plan is for him to start in bullpen.

  • Yankee1010

    I can’t see him actually staying in the bullpen so that Mitre can continue to freckle the bowl in the rotation. I give it one more Mitre start and that’s it.

    Good pickup though. Obviously, it depends on who they gave up, but Gaudin is no slouch.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    PTBNL maybe Ivan Nova?

    • Landon Alger

      nooooo!!!!

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    wow gaudin wife is sexyyyy

    • 27 this year

      link to photo?

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        http://www.wagrankings.com/syndal-gorden/

        Apparently Gaudin and Swish are pretty tight.

        • DreDog

          Could Swisher lead to a Yankee renaissance? He has buddies everywhere? Remember that picture with him and CC?

        • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

          I imagine Syndal is too.

  • Mister Delaware

    I just love this pickup. Love it.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    After looking at some of his stats, I think he is actually a pretty good pitcher. The only problem I see is lefties hit him hard, while he righties cannot hit him.

  • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    Gaudin “feels at home in Padres rotation”, oh wait…

  • Dela G

    i’m very excited for this pick up

  • Alex B

    Great pickup, no matter what they decide to do with him (bullpen or rotation) he is going to add depth which is something the yanks need…any idea on who the PTBNL is?

    • whozat

      If anyone did, they’d have posted it.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        hopefully we find out soooon.

  • DreDog

    This is better than Garland or anyone else. He may actually contribute cheaply and do so again in ’10. Not like the other guys thought to be available.

  • Charlie

    wait, does this mean gaudin cleared waivers? if not, color me confused

    • DreDog

      They don’t announce who clears waivers since 100′s of players clear waivers. Complete 25 man rosters are put on waivers.

  • DreDog

    OK, I am not worried about the PTBNL. Pete Abe says this deal was in the works since befer the deadline. That means Cash couldn’t have gone nuts and sent anyone good (or good enough to freak me out).

  • Mike

    Another Cashman scrub. You can throw all of the odd ball stats you want out there, but in the end he’s still 4-10 with a 5+ ERA, now with his 6th team at age 26.

    SCRUB.

    • whozat

      Yeah, I hate understanding why things are the way they are!

      Is he going to be great? No. Is it possible that he will be better than Mitre? Yes. Could he soak up some innings down the stretch? Maybe. Did he cost much? No.

      So why are you bitching?

      • Mike

        Not bitching, just stating fact. He’s going to get clobbered, you’ll see.

        • whozat

          You know, if you’d said “oh, his decent tRA is at least partially due to a significant drop in his HR/FB rate that is probably due to Petco, and could regress badly in Yankee Stadium,” I’d have agreed with you. But that’s an “odd ball stat” that actually “examines what’s going on” and allowed me to “make an informed prediction.”

          I bet you would have lauded a Washburn acquisition, though, hm? Look at that sparkling ERA!

          • Mike

            Not quite. Going back to last season when there were rumors that the Yanks might get Washburn, I wrote on my blog that I didn’t want him.

            If this guy is so good, why has he been with now 7 teams in 7 seasons?

            Why has he been traded for the likes of Kevin Cash and the great Josh Donaldson?

            This guy is the 2009 version of Sid Ponson, Scott Erickson, Donovan Osborn, LaToya Hawkins and all of the other pitching losers Cashman has brought here.

    • Glen L

      That’s some great analysis!! way to get really in depth with underlying causes and considering all the things that can skew a pitchers ERA that are completely out of his control … also .. wins! great great great stat for analysing a pitcher, since its COMPLETELY within the pitcher’s control whether he gets a W or not

      …look gaudin isn’t halladay, but he’s a better pitcher than traditional (deeply inferior) stats suggest

  • Mike in Florida

    His girlfriend is hot! Good pick up for that alone!

    • Mike

      That changes everything!

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  • Steve

    His numbers look bad on the surface but consider this

    His FIP is only a 3.68, which is slightly better than CC (3.71) and Johan (3.77) and only slightly worse than Jair Jurjens (3.63).

    *FIP stands for Fielder Independent Pitching and tries to scale a league-adjusted ERA by removing bad/great defense behind the pitcher.

    Additionally, fangraphs caculates that his value thus far in 2009 has been $6.9 million. That is equal to Ryan Dempster and Mike Pelfrey and slightly below J.A. Happ ($7.0). Joba is valued thus far at $5.7 million

    I’m not saying this means that he will be a great pitcher… but the Yankees are only responsible for the prorated portion of the league minimum salary for him. That’s great value.

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