Cubs, Gaudin agree to contract

CHICAGO (TICKER) —The Chicago Cubs and righthander Chad Gaudin avoided salary arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaudin was acquired by Chicago from Oakland in a six-player deal on July 8 last season. In 24 relief appearances with the Cubs, the 25-year-old went 4-2 with a 6.26 ERA, missing approximately three weeks with a back injury.

The six-year veteran posted a 5-3 record and a 3.59 ERA with the Athletics before being shipped to Chicago. Guadin is 28-25 in 185 career appearances - 50 starts - with a 4.45 ERA.

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Updated Friday, Dec 12, 2008