Chad Gaudin Released: The Pitcher That Never Was

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IApril 5, 2009

CHICAGO - JULY 26:  Chad Gaudin #57 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch during the game against the Florida Marlins on July 26, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins defeated the Cubs 3-2 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Filed: Apr. 5, 2009

The Cubs finalized their Opening Day roster Sunday, releasing reliever Chad Gaudin, and optioning Jeff Samardzija to AAA. With that, David Patton and Angel Guzman grab the 24th and 25th spots on the roster.

It's surprising to see the Cubs willing to eat $2 million, as opposed to hiding him away for awhile. It's even more surprising that they were unable to find a trade partner for Gaudin, with them willing to eat money in the process.

Maybe teams think they can wait out the Cubs on this move, but this has been an awful stay in Chicago for Gaudin, having been injured, and for the most part ineffective leading up to this move.

I wish him well wherever he lands—and I suspect it won't take long at all to figure out where that will be. But from where I'm sitting, this looks like yet another reminder to be a little afraid when Billy Beane calls, and says let's make a deal.