Chad Gaudin - R - TOR
Blue Jays acquired RHP Chad Gaudin from the Devil Rays for catcher Kevin Cash.
Better than they had given up Travis Harper or even Jorge Sosa. We've never been as high on Gaudin as some are, but getting him for Cash is a great trade for Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. The 21-year-old Gaudin throws only about 90 mph, but he has good movement on his fastball and a quality slider. At worse, he should be a useful middle reliever or a setup man. He could be a long-term fourth or fifth starter. The Jays figure to let him compete with Gustavo Chacin and Josh Towers for one spot in their rotation. Most likely, he'll open 2005 in the pen or at Triple-A Syracuse. Dec. 12 - 8:05 pm et
Kevin Cash - C - TB
Devil Rays acquired catcher Kevin Cash from the Blue Jays for RHP Chad Gaudin.
This isn't quite so bad for Tampa Bay as the three-team deal they were involved in with Toronto a year ago (Joe Kennedy for Mark Hendrickson), but Cash doesn't look like he'll ever be anything more than a defensive-minded backup. He's hit .173/.222/.262 in 301 AB in the majors and he turned 27 last week. The Rays likely will use him as Toby Hall's backup, but there is a chance they could trade Hall and install Cash as the starter. Dec. 12 - 8:00 pm et