By Jim Callis
December 12, 2004
There were no blockbusters involving Tim Hudson or Randy Johnson on Sunday at the Winter Meetings, but there was one small trade. The Devil Rays traded Chad Gaudin to the Blue Jays for Kevin Cash.
Gaudin, a 21-year-old righthander, reached the majors in 2003, just two years after being drafted in the 34th round out of a Louisiana high school. Though he’s not imposing at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, his quick arm generates 86-92 mph velocity on his fastball and tight spin on his slider. He also throws a changeup. A starter in the minors who fits better as a middle reliever in the majors, Gaudin went 1-2, 4.85 in 26 games (four starts) this year. In 43 innings, he had a 30-16 strikeout-walk ratio, while opponents batted .337 with four homers against him. He also went 1-3, 4.72 with two saves in 17 games at Triple-A Durham. Gaudin’s career record in the majors is 3-2, 4.25 in 41 games (seven starts).
Cash, 27, returns to his hometown of Tampa. He opened the season as Toronto’s primary catcher but didn’t hit enough to keep the job. He batted .193/.249/.309 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 60 games. He never hit for much of an average in the minors (.262), though he did show more pop (.449). Cash always has stood out more for his catch-and-throw skills and continued to do so in 2004, when he erased 42 percent of basestealers. In 101 big league games, he has hit .173/.222/.262 with five homers and 29 RBIs.