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01/25/08 6:55 PM ET
Oakland signs Gaudin to one-year deal
A's avoid arbitration, settle at midpoint of exchanged figures
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The A's avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Chad Gaudin by agreeing to terms with him on a one-year, $1.775 million contract Friday. Gaudin, 25, was Oakland's last remaining arbitration-eligible player. He and the A's settled at the midpoint of the salary figures they exchanged. Gaudin sought $2.05 million; the club countered with $1.5 million. Gaudin emerged as a capable starter last season, finishing 11-13 with a 4.42 ERA in 34 games. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and a sesamoidectomy on his right foot on Dec. 18. Gaudin recently said that he hopes to be cleared to start throwing on Feb. 1 and should be ready for Opening Day. The A's also added to their outfield depth by claiming outfielder Jeff Fiorentino off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Fiorentino, 24, spent 2007 in the Orioles' organization before the Reds claimed him off waivers on Jan. 4. He hit .282 with 15 home runs, 65 RBIs and a team-high 44 walks in 126 games for Double-A Bowie. Baseball America named Fiorentino the Orioles' ninth-best prospect entering the 2007 season. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Fiorentino, the A's designated right-hander Ruddy Lugo for assignment. Lugo was 4-0 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 games in three stints with Oakland, and was 6-0 with a 5.40 ERA overall, including an early-season stretch with Tampa Bay.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.