It meant that the Giants opened camp with three open reserve jobs to be won during spring training.
For one of those three spots, a victor was proclaimed on Tuesday when the Giants purchased Chad Gaudin‘s contract and added him to the 40-man roster. The Giants had to make the move Tuesday under new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The move came as no surprise as Gaudin went 2-0 with 2.81 ERA in nine outings this spring, beating out the likes of Scott Proctor and Ramon Ramirez for the Giants’ long reliever job. Proctor figures to head to Triple-A Fresno, while Ramirez was released last week.
Here’s a fact about Gaudin that I didn’t realize. Of the seven pitchers in the Giants’ pen, Gaudin will be the third-youngest. Gaudin turned 30 on Sunday, making him older than just George Kontos (27) and Jose Mijares (28). Sergio Romo is three weeks older than Gaudin.
It caught me by surprise because by joining the Giants, it marks Gaudin’s 10th big-league stop in his career. Here is your Chad Gaudin career path:
- Drafted by Rays in 34th round of 2011 draft, played for Rays in 2003-04.
- Traded to the Blue Jays for Cash (Kevin Cash actually) in December 2004. He played 2005 with the Jays (2005)
- Traded to A’s in December 2005. Played 2006-08 for A’s.
- Traded to Cubs in July 2008.
- Released by Cubs at end of spring training 2009, signed with Padres a week later.
- Placed on waivers and claimed by the Yankees in August 2009.
- Released by the Yankees on March 25, 2010. Signed by A’s three days later.
- Released by A’s on May 21, 2010, signed by Yankees five days later.
- Signed as free agent by Nationals on Dec. 17, 2010.
- Released by Nationals July 21, 2011; signed by Blue Jays two weeks later.
- Signed as free agent by Marlins Jan. 4, 2012.
- Signed as free agent by Giants Dec. 13, 2012.
That’s a whirlwind career for a big-league pitcher BEFORE his 30th birthday.
Octavio Dotel‘s record for a reliever by pitching 13 big-league teams seems in danger.
Gaudin actually made his last three teams (Nationals, Marlins, Giants) as a non-roster invitee.
- The Giants voted infielder Brock Bond as the winner of the Harry S. Jordan Award for the player in his first-big league camp whose performance and dedication in Spring Training best exemplifies the Giants’ spirit. Bond his .435 (10 for 23) with two home runs and six RBI in 13 games this spring.
- The player who won the Jordan Award last spring, Dan Otero, was placed on waivers and claimed Tuesday by the Yankees. Otero’s spring effort was so good last spring he earned him a spot on the opening day roster. But he posted an 8.64 ERA in seven outings in April before being sent to Fresno after getting lit up for six runs by the Reds on April 24. He returned in September and threw four shutout innings of relief.
- The Otero move opened up a spot on the 40-man roster. As we posted earlier, the Giants could have filled out their 25-man opening day roster without releasing anyone from the 40-man roster. But it appears the Giants wanted the flexibility to claim or sign another player as other teams make decisions on their veteran reserve players or younger players who are out of options.
- Hector Sanchez caught a simulated game and made strong throws to second, bolstering his hopes of opening the season on the active roster and not the disabled list.
- Reliever Dan Runzler was demoted to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, meaning the Giants are confident that Jose Mijares will be well enough to open the season on the active roster. Mijares has been sidelined by an elbow issue all March, but made his spring debut on Monday. Mijares got knocked around a bit by the Angele, but his pitches look solid for his debut. As a relieiver, he doesn’t need that much time to get ready for the season.
- Infielder Nick Noonan had his second consecutive two-hit day on Monday, but he really impressed with his glove, bolstering his hopes of making the big-league roster. Noonan, a shortstop for Fresno last season, played third base on Monday. “Defense is so important to us — we pitch and play defense,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “(Noonan) is a shortstop and those guys are usually more comfortable playing third and second.”
- Bochy also dropped a hint Monday that Cole Gillespie could have an edge over Francisco Peguero in the battle for the reserve outfield spot. Bochy said: “As we’ve said, we need a right-handed bat (both Gillespie and Peguero are right-handed) and that could determine which way we go,” Bochy said. “One guy has more experience coming off the bench (Gillespie) than the other (Peguero). It’s a tough decision and we’ve still got a few days left to make it.”