Yankees Release Chad Gaudin

3:01pm: The Dodgers are in too, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The D'Backs are not interested, tweets Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

11:38am: The Mets are discussing Gaudin, tweets Newsday's David Lennon.

7:57am: The Yankees released pitcher Chad Gaudin, tweets Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.  Gaudin had been placed on waivers on Tuesday, but no team claimed his $2.95MM salary.  Since he was on a non-guaranteed contract, the Yankees will only pay a quarter ($737,500).

A year ago when Gaudin was released by the Cubs, he chose the Padres in part because of the opportunity to start.  In that role in '09 he posted a 4.76 ERA, 8.37 K/9, and 4.69 BB/9 in 134.3 innings.  The Mets, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Mariners are among the clubs looking a little short on arms.  Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tells us that the A's are not interested in a reunion with Gaudin.


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  1. alphakira 5 years ago

    Minaya, you better grab this guy. Not only are we lacking in BP depth, but we can use him as a starter too in case Niese (and Pelfrey/Perez/Main) falters.

  2. I can already see the buzzards circling.

  3. ivdown 5 years ago

    The Dodgers aren’t short on arms, but they could be short on GREAT arms. Too bad Gaudin wouldn’t fill that void, lol.

    I would like the Dodgers to pick him up regardless.

  4. Yankees10 5 years ago

    Would rather have had him over Mitre.

    • I definitely agree. I’d rather have him over Mitre

      • Yankees10 5 years ago

        Yeah Mitre pretty much sucks.

        • EvilEmpireMember 5 years ago

          I agree also, I would have liked if they have kept Gaudin over Mitre.
          I have read that the reason the Yanks are rolling the dice with Mitre over Gaudin is because Mitre will be 2 years removed from Tommy John surgery. It is usually after the second year when the pitcher is at 100%.

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            I think it also has to do with the difference in salaries, I know it’s the Yankees but I’m pretty sure they weren’t comfortable paying Gaudin 3MM for the role he would’ve had.

  5. Anybody short on arms, starters or relievers, would be smart to take a look at Gaudin. His control isn’t always up to snuff, but that won’t kill you if he’s one of the last guys out of your bullpen.

  6. sacu 5 years ago

    As an A’s fan, I would take Gaudin over Ben Sheets and his $10mm plus salary; who by the way didn’t pitch in ’09 and has been injured throughout his career.

    • bomberj11 5 years ago

      It’s for one year, not like five.

      • sacu 5 years ago

        You’re right, it’s only one year. One year too many since Oakland won’t be contending in 2010. He’ll be gone by the deadline. I hope I’m wrong about all of the aforementioned.

        • I for one prefer Ben Sheets over Guadin – he adds more value then Chad even though he cost more..I don’t know if Chad bring’s a veteran presence like Sheets..

  7. wrigleyvillefaithful 5 years ago

    I wouldnt mind seeing him back in a Cubs uniform for a MLC…

  8. Rich_in_NJ 5 years ago

    I prefer Mitre over Gaudin as a result of his superior GB% (it’s almost Wang-like). If his command and velo are really improved, as Girardi has said, with the passage of time since his TJ surgery, I think he can be valuable.

  9. Johnny_Felix 5 years ago

    we have someone like Gaudin already his name is Stults

  10. 33yankeesfan33 5 years ago

    wow u cant have enough pitching and i would take gaudin over Mitre any day. This is just stupid, he should be the long relief guy in that bullpen.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Aceves has the long relief job and did pretty well last season, 3.75 FIP, 4.31 K/BB in 84 IP, no reason to take him out of that role.

      • 33yankeesfan33 5 years ago

        true but i dont see why they wouldn’t at least release mitre, i mean gaudin wasn’t awful he could spot start or have him be the 5th guy, and have a power house bullpen

      • 33yankeesfan33 5 years ago

        true but i dont see why they wouldn’t at least release mitre, i mean gaudin wasn’t awful he could spot start or have him be the 5th guy, and have a power house bullpen

  11. dodgers1111 5 years ago

    I guess that is just another guy they want to throw into the mix for the 5th spot. I would rather have him than Russ or Ramon Ortiz, they suck.

  12. bigpat 5 years ago

    What is with Cashman’s sick obsession with Mitre? He sucks, there’s no way around it.
    It kinda makes sense though to get rid of Gaudin because he’s not worth anything near 3M to be a swingman.

    • dickylarue 5 years ago

      Yankees want a ground ball pitcher in long relief in that park.

      I’ve always felt Mitre was more of Girardi’s pet since Girardi seemed to love him from his Cub days or something. Girardi’s always been his biggest supporter.

      Mitre’s the last guy on the pitching staff. It’s really not worth getting worked up over.

      • Yankees420 5 years ago

        Your right it is Girardi who has a man crush for Mitre.

  13. YankeeBaseball 5 years ago

    They’re talkin about Mitre finally back from Tommy John surgery… He’s sucked his whole career, even before Tommy John!

    Much rather have Gaudin over Mitre. Gaudin pitched pretty well as a Yankee and added a ton of flexibility. They never should have given him a 3mil contract though. Ironically, that was his downfall…

  14. VinnyG917 5 years ago

    Agreed, I’d say Figueroa should actually be the 5th starter (but thats another conversation). This guy isn’t much of an improvement on either Nieve or Figgy, so why bother? Therefore: we have to assume Minaya will offer him 4 years: $16 million

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