Swingman Gaudin inks minor league deal with Nats, gets spring invite

The Nationals continued to add pitching depth Friday, signing right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 27-year-old Gaudin, who has worked as both a starter and a reliever during his eight-year-career, was 1-4 with a 5.65 ERA in 42 appearances out of the bullpen in 2010 with the Yankees and A’s. He pitched much better in New York than in Oakland, going 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 games.

In 258 career games, Gaudin is 35-39 with a 4.61 ERA and two saves. His best season came in 2007 in Oakland, when he went 11-12 with a 4.42 ERA in an American League-leading 34 starts, pitching a career-high 199 1/3 innings.

As a starting pitcher, Gaudin is 21-28 with a 4.72 ERA in 75 games. Out of the bullpen, he’s 14-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 183 appearances, working more than an inning 80 times.