The Yankees outrighted pitchers Chad Gaudin and Royce Ring to remove them from the 40-man roster, tweets Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. Gaudin elected free agency. Outfielder Melky Mesa was added to the 40-man.
Gaudin, 28 in March, was named by MLBTR as a non-tender candidate earlier today. He didn't make it that far after posting a 5.65 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 2.2 HR/9, and 39.2% groundball rate in 65.3 innings for the Yankees and Athletics this year.
Ring, a lefty reliever, turns 30 in December. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a 1.93 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, and 0.4 HR/9 in 42 innings.