The Phillies add much-needed rotation depth with the addition of Chad Gaudin, who will compete for a roster spot this spring.
The Phillies are desparately in need of starting depth because after their projected starting five and Jonathan Pettibone as their sixth starter, the next guy in line to get the ball would either be Ethan Martin, who's better suited as a reliever, or another minor-league guy like Mario Hollands or Sean O'Sullivan.
As a starter last year, Gaudin was 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.251 WHIP and 2.31 K/BB. He did take advantage of pitching in spacious AT&T Park, where he posted a 1.69 ERA and 1.146 WHIP. On the road, his ERA and WHIP swelled to 4.41 and 1.347, respectively.
The right-hander has proven to be serviceable over this career, and since 2008 has pitched for seven different teams going 26-24 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.420 WHIP in 209 games (43 starts).
Gaudin's history is a potential issue — he was charged with lewdness last January when he groped a woman in a Las Vegas hospital.
If Gaudin can keep his hands to himself, he could be a useful arm out of the bullpen or in the minors as a starter-in-waiting when the season begins.
Reunion with Abreu?
Now that Lyle Overbay is off the market, the Phillies' focus has shifted to another potential left-handed bench bat: Bobby Abreu.
Per Jim Salisbury on CSNPhilly.com, Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted the club has been scouting Abreu in the Venezuelan winter league, where he's hit .322 with three homers and an .877 OPS in 50 games. The soon-to-be 40-year-old last played for the Dodgers in 2012.
"Bobby has had a nice winter season," Amaro said. "We have decent reports on him."
If anything, Abreu always had the ability to get on base, and even as his average dipped, his OBP never fell below .350 for a season. In his career, Abreu owns a .396 OBP.
His power, however, completed disappeared in his last two big-league campaigns, in which he slugged .358 for the Angels and Dodgers.