Yanks may try to move Gaudin or Mitre


With Javier Vazquez back in the fold and the Yanks enjoying a glut of Major League starters, the team may look to capitalize on this depth. According to Joel Sherman (via Twitter), the Yanks will probably try to move Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre before the end of Spring Training. Either righthander would be a fine fit for a team looking for some back-end help for its starting rotation, and the Yanks see these two pitchers as seventh or eighth, respectively, on their starting pitching depth charts. It’s possible that the team would turn to Alfredo Aceves over Mitre as well.

On the basis of quality, Gaudin would command more interest and a higher return, but he will be owed nearly $4 million in 2010. Mitre should re-sign for around $1.5 million and would be a more attractive target for some cost-conscious teams. Less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, Mitre struggled to find any consistency with the Yanks in 2009 while Gaudin was adequate as a long reliever and spot starter.

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  1. SamVa says:

    Mike/Ben what type of prospect could you see them getting back for Gaudin?
    I would think Mitre would have less value…

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    They could flip Mitre for a couple of pallets of nacho chips. At YS3, that could be big money.

  3. Jobamania says:

    still think it was pointless tendering mitre
    waste of a few million

  4. Mike P says:

    If Cashman can turn either into anything more than salary relief, he deserves a standing ovation at the next GM meetings.

  5. Gaug says:

    Mitre may get u a bag of balls

  6. DSFC says:

    Can’t see anyone giving up anything at all for Mitre

  7. Mike bk says:

    can’t mitre just sit in AAA all year?

    • vin says:

      Sure he can, but the question is whether or not they want to pay a guy 1.5 million to be the #9 starter. I’m in favor of hanging on to both Mitre and Gaudin, but it’s not my money.

      • Mike bk says:

        so you are going w the red sox logic of last year of how much depth they had? how did that work out? that is not me saying i ever want to see mitre start another game, but i also dont see anyone lining up to take him.

        • It’s a little short-sighted to say you don’t see anyone lining up to take him. Just because he wasn’t good in the 10 starts who saw last year does not mean that talent evaluators do not believe that for $1.5 million, Mitre can’t be useful. No one is expecting him to be an ace, but for a back-end starter, he’d do fine on a few teams.

  8. Hold on to Gaudin. He’s a good multi-inning option and okay depth.

  9. A.D. says:

    Sounds like a chance to pair with an NL team with poor pitching.

  10. Matt M. says:

    we’re probably going to sink some of our starting depth into the bullpen again (one of joba/hughes and likely aceves)

    so after a few months of going

    cc/aj/pettitte/javy/hughes — when one of them gets hurt we’d be relying on nova and zmac.

    im not ready to sell on our depth yet if there is no reason to. especially considering that our bullpen will probably leech a lot of our starter depth again.

    • Tampa Yankee says:

      cc/aj/pettitte/javy/hughes — when one of them gets hurt we’d be relying on nova and zmac.

      Joba is most likely going to be in the rotation. He won’t have an innings limit like Hughes will have.

      • Tampa Yankee says:

        formatting FAIL

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Again I don’t see why there people think there’s be a signficant innings limit on Hughes. He’ll have one sure but it’s not going to be as bad as Joba last year. Even Cashman said himself it won’t be significant.

        • Mike bk says:

          the question now is if he will get in the rotation for it to matter.

        • Tampa Yankee says:

          I just mentioned that he’d have one. Couple that with Joba’s full season as a starter last year and most likely Hughes ends up in Scrantion or the pen.

        • Ed says:

          Again I don’t see why there people think there’s be a signficant innings limit on Hughes.

          Why wouldn’t there be? Hughes has had 3 straight seasons of throwing about 100 innings.

          It seems contrary to the concept of innings limits and gradual buildup to base his workload on what he did 4 seasons ago.

  11. aj says:

    They could probably trade him for some kind of fermented chicken drink.

  12. E-ROC says:

    Chad Gaudin for Justin Maxwell of the Nationals? Just a guess.

  13. themgmt says:

    Add Kei Iggy.

    Hughes/Nova/McAllister/Aceves is enough pitching behind the top 5.

    • Am I the only Kevin? says:

      Who knows, Igawa may now be in line for the role of the second lefty in the bullpen. How does he do against lefties? Should at least get something for George’s $4M per, no?

  14. Ryan says:

    Please, please get rid of Mitre. Though I don’t know what you could possibly get for him…

  15. Bo says:

    You may as well just keep them both. You’re not getting much for either anyway.

  16. Drew says:

    I’d just flip Gaudin for a box of cookies and get that 3ish mil off the books.

  17. Brendan says:

    Smoak type bat?

  18. Burnettscreamfilling says:

    trade em both togive us some money to spend on a LF

  19. [...] in savings. That money will cover the arbitration cases for Gaudin and Mitre, and if the Yankees do trade Gaudin it would cover just about everything. So if the Yankees do intend to sign a left fielder, [...]

  20. sk says:

    they’ll probably trade them both for jose contreras or el duque since cashman seems hellbent on recreating the magic of the 2003-2004 new york yankees.

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