OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later. To clear a spot for Gaudin on the 40-man roster, the A's have designated catcher John Baker for assignment.
Gaudin was 1-3 with a 13.15 ERA in five games, three starts, with Toronto last year. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Syracuse where he was 9-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 23 games, all starts. The 22-year old ranked fourth in the International League in ERA and his two shutouts tied for second most in all of Minor League Baseball. He allowed a .251 opponents batting average and walked 35 while striking out 113 in 150.1 innings. Gaudin made his Major League debut with Tampa Bay in 2003 at the age of 20 and also pitched for the Devil Rays in 2004. He is 4-5 with a 5.46 ERA in 46 career Major League appearances, including 10 starts.
Baker hit .234 with five home runs and 41 RBI in 103 games with Triple-A Sacramento in 2005. The 24-year old was originally selected by the A's in the fourth round of the June, 2002 draft.