The Tigers are in agreement with right-hander Ashton Goudeau on a minor league deal, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. The right-hander adds some pitching depth to the upper levels of the Detroit system.
Goudeau, 30, has appeared at the major league level in three consecutive seasons. Aside from five innings with the Reds in 2021 as part of some shuffling around on the waiver wire, Goudeau has spent his entire MLB career with the Rockies. He’s worked 63 innings over 32 relief outings, compiling a 5.57 ERA with a modest 14.6% strikeout rate and somewhat lofty 10.6% walk percentage.
That included 20 1/3 innings over 12 outings fairly early into the year for Colorado last season. Goudeau surrendered a little over seven earned runs per nine frames and lost his spot on the 40-man roster in early August. He went unclaimed on waivers and finished out the season in Triple-A before reaching minor league free agency at year’s end.
Goudeau had a brutal year with the Rox’s top affiliate in Albuquerque. He started 15 of 20 appearances there and compiled 64 1/3 innings. He was tagged for a 9.51 ERA in one of affiliated ball’s toughest environments for pitchers. Goudeau’s 7.3% walk rate there was solid but he didn’t miss many bats and allowed over two home runs per nine.
He’ll look to put that nightmarish season behind him in a new organization. Goudeau has had a tough time in hitter-friendly atmospheres at both the MLB and Triple-A levels, but his lower minors track record is more solid. He carries a 4.25 ERA in 279 1/3 career Double-A frames. He’s shown a three-pitch mix at the big league level, backing up a low-90s fastball with a curveball and changeup. He’ll add some rotation or multi-inning relief depth to the Detroit system and figures to open the season with Triple-A Toledo.
I presume the Tigers see something in him they think they might be able to fix.
Definitely more Gouda than Good.
Gouda can really bring the cheese..
Limburger if so.
Just what the chef ordered, yet another Tigers signee coming off of what is described as a “brutal” season.
The Saber-toothed Superfife
Well, that should cheer everyone up
I don’t see anything that would even make him minor league filler. 30 yrs old, and serves up batting practice. There’s no upside here Mr. Harris.
I’ve been waiting for Goudeau.
Fans in Toledo deserve better.
For Love of the Game
Brutally honest assessment, Z!
Nothing against Goudeau in particular, but won’t Toledo’s rotation be crowded enough? There will likely be some younger starters who won’t make the Tigers’ rotation, where four veterans should be set. If we pencil in Wentz as #5, then Brieske, Faedo, Hill and Garcia might want to start somewhere. From AA, at least Flores and Olson should be promoted (with Madden in pursuit). And that’s not even including depth starters like Bergner (whose minor league numbers aren’t worse than Goudeau’s).
If the Tigers use a five man rotation, Wentz won’t be on it. Rodriguez, Turnbull, Boyd, Lorenzon, Manning. But yes, the Mud Hens rotation should consist of maybe six of the following guys: Brieske, Wentz, Hill, Faedo, Garcia, Flores, Olson, Madden, and Bergner.
I’m guessing Faedo and Hill go to the Tigers’ bullpen, and Goudeau ends up in the Mud Hens’ bullpen.
And the rotation will get even more crowded when Skubal is healthy (assuming they can keep the others healthy as well).
I have a feeling Boyd is more out of the pen after a bad spring and Wentz starts (or brieske)
Boyd will probably start the Tigers’ second game. They’re giving Boyd 10M this year, he’ll be in the rotation.
The Tigers pay Cabrera $ 32m (or isn’t it even more?). However, I could live with a reduced role for him regardless…
Boyd’s contract is new, they did not just give him a 10M contract so they could use him in middle relief. He’ll be starting. As for Cabrera, yes it was a bad contract, signed long ago. And I won’t be unhappy if they release him this year (but they won’t).
Cabrera will always be a Tiger, they’re probably getting his office ready for next year……
Round and round he Goudeaus….
.750 career winning percentage boys, let’s go
Funny how wanted you are when being waived, but when you’re free, can barely get signed
I have more than a feeling that he might be related to Barry but it’s been such a long time
Oh well. I’m sure no one gets the reference.
We had the worst offense in baseball, but I think someone told Harris that it was the pitching. He hasn’t added anyone offensively. Except we’ve lost a gold glove, non-hitting catcher and a high obp OFer (Grossman). Along with Candelario, who’s replacement won’t be as good & that’s horrible.
The Tigers didn’t lose any good position players this off-season. Barnhart’s defense was as bad as his offense last year. Grossman (traded last summer) was horrible. Candelario’s replacement(s) can’t possibly be much worse than he was last year. This year’s offense won’t be good, but it will be better than last year. Several Tigers players are due for a bounce back season.
Thon…….. I hope you’re right, but can’t see it being better. Hopefully Meadows actually plays & Baez earns his pay. We’ll see. Torkelson needs to show something & as for Greene, I’m not too worried about him. He’ll have his ups and downs, but I doubt he’ll be as atrocious as Tork was.
Every addition has been offensive, IMO.
Lol….love the word play and you’re right. Even though we probably will need Boyd & Lorenzen & Wisler may end up in the late innings. Actually, the pitching moves don’t bother me. It’s the fact that they haven’t even tried for any bats other than Segura. He told them no thanks apparently.
Maybe they have another mess with dead weight contracts to clear out. I just wish I knew what type of team and emphasis will be other than “control of the strike zone…” nonsense.
I figure that as a group, Schoop, Baddoo, Torkelson, Meadows, Greene and Baez should be somewhat better this season. The starting rotation should be healthier and the bullpen won’t be much worse than last year. And finally, the defense should be similar to last year (about average). I’ll guess 75 wins for the year.
Tigers will be best AAA team ever. They are signing anyone who makes minimum and never played for Tigers….Rebuild on the 7 year rebuild
Always the chance that Harris is a serial-killer with an appetite for failed pitchers. When these guys start mysteriously disappearing we’ll have our answer.
A new season brings hope.
I’m not hearing that from Tiger fans