Hanging Chad

Thumbnail image for Posada Gaudin.jpgIn case you just haven’t gotten enough of the fifth starter drama in camp, it appears that whoever the Yankees’ “healthy discussions” yield as the top choice, it won’t be Chad Gaudin.

Gaudin has placed on waivers by the Yankees, according to an AOL Fanhouse report. If no one claims him, the Yankees could release him and pay a quarter of his $2.95 million salary ($737,500), or ship him to Triple-A and pay his full salary.

So, it appears that it’s down to four – Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Sergio Mitre. If I had to put on my Carnac hat today and make a decision, I’d say that the Yankees are going to go with Hughes, which would not have been my prediction heading into camp.

I had thought Chamberlain was a near-lock, since they spent three years building him up for this opportunity to pitch without innings restrictions.

But that’s just a guess, anyway. Who’s your pick?

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Hi Bryan,

I liked Gaudin out of the bullpen as a long reliever/spot starter for the Yankees in ’09, and I’m sad to see him go. His $2.95million salary seems a little high for a long reliever/spot starter; is there a chance the Yankees will re-sign him after his release. I figure something along the lines of his release cost, ~ $800k, plus a re-signing of ~ $500k…

Also, Mitre has rebounded well from a tough ’09 season and has really, I feel, outpitched the rest of the 5th spot starting candidates. Does he really have a shot or is the 5 spot a lock for Hughes or Chamberlain? I know what Girardi’s hoping for: Hughes or Chamberlain to step it up and make the 5 spot, but I wouldn’t be unhappy to see both of those guys get additional bullpen innings and let Mitre start as our number 5 guy.

I hope all is well,

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