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Could the Yankees release Chad Gaudin?

Mar 22, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

chad gaudin.jpgKen Rosenthal of suggests that the Yankees could soon make a move with right-hander Chad Gaudin, who has struggled to an 8.68 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring.

Gaudin, who turns 27 later this week, agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract in January, however like teammate Sergio Mitre, who inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with the club, his deal is non-guaranteed.

This means the Yankees could cut either pitcher without being responsible for their 2010 salary. (Correction: That’s not exactly true. Rosenthal adds that the Yankees would owe Gaudin one-fourth of his 2010 salary, or $737,500. I’d think this would increase the chance that the Yankees will look for a trade partner.) While Gaudin has struggled during exhibition action, Mitre has been very solid, posting a 3.21 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. Both were in the running for a rotation spot, but it’s becoming pretty clear that they are more likely to hang on as a long reliever or spot starter, if at all.

While Gaudin has a fantastic shot to win with the Bombers, he’d be able to start every fifth day for any number of teams. I’ll throw the Mets, Dodgers and Mariners out there as early possibilities if he’s cut loose.

  1. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    No – what I hear is they’ll trade him and cash (Mitre’s salary plus a $2mil kicker) to LAD for that Hoffman Rule 5 guy.

  2. James K. - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    I’d take him on the Mets in a heartbeat.

  3. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    As a Mets fan, so would I. (Insert name of Catholic Diety here), he would be our 3rd starter!

  4. YANKEES1996 - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Gaudin is a good bullpen guy for us (long reliever) don’t cut him loose and get nothing for him, don’t trade him for Hoffman that is the same as getting nothing. His spring ERA means nothing, he will pay dividends during the season. If another team approaches the Yankees about him and it appears they need him as a fourth or fifth starter then trade him but make sure you get something GOOD!

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