Chad Edward Gaudin
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
- High School Crescent City Christian High School
- Debut August 1, 2003
- Final Game August 16, 2013
- Born March 24, 1983 in Metairie, LA USA
In July, 2008, Chad Gaudin was traded with Rich Harden from the Oakland A's to the Chicago Cubs for Sean Gallagher, infielder Eric Patterson, outfielder Matt Murton and catching prospect Josh Donaldson. He was picked up by the New York Yankees for the stretch drive in 2009, when they were struggling to find a reliable fifth starter, and was on the team's post-season roster, although he was not used in the World Series.
Expected to earn a spot on the Yankees' pitching staff in 2010, either as the fifth starter or as a long reliever, he was instead released on March 25th but was picked up by the Athletics to serve as a long reliever. He pitched 12 games with the A's with an ERA of 8.83, was released again on May 21st, and then signed again with the Yankees, who were again looking for an experienced arm for their bullpen at that point. He went 1-2, 4.50 in 30 games the rest of the way. After moving to the Washington Nationals in 2011, he pitched only 10 times before going down with shoulder inflammation at the end of April. The Nats had no room for him on their roster when he was ready to return at the end of July and released him. He was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays but only pitched in the minors the rest of the season.
In 2012, Chad found a spot in the bullpen of the Miami Marlins, pitching 46 times with a record of 4-2, 4.54. He then moved to the San Francisco Giants in 2013, where he was used as a swingman. Midway through the season, news stories emerged that he had been involved in a strange off-season incident in Las Vegas, NV. He had been hospitalized with acute renal failure, a condition associated with disorientation and lack of memory; during his hospitalization, he allegedly groped a female patient at the Desert Springs Hospital, necessitating police to intervene. His lawyer explained that Gaudin was not himself because of the medical condition; left unsaid was what had caused the renal failure, something that is often the result of drug or alcohol intake.