Yanks may try to move Gaudin or Mitre

When Last We Met: Javier Vazquez
Prospect Profile: J.R. Murphy

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.

When Last We Met: Javier Vazquez
Prospect Profile: J.R. Murphy
  • SamVa

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

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Nothing great. Probably some B-level prospect if the Yanks chip in some salary.

      • crawdaddie

        I’m with your partner, I think it will be a C-level prospect at best.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Nothing much at all. Maybe a C-prospect is they’re lucky. I’d keep him and move Mitre.

      • Evil Empire

        Agreed. Gaudin > Mitre. Easy call, too.

        • Sam

          True but he also makes 3x as much.

          • Bo

            Not like you’re gonna get much for Mitre either. May as well keep them both

            • andrew

              but if they arent going to contribute, we could save some money by trading them, even if we only get C prospects in return.

              • Slu

                Who cares about the money? It is their money and a million or two is really insignificant in the grad scheme of things.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli


    • Raf

      that garlic on those fries doesnt come cheap. also a good swap for Mitre

  • Jobamania

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

    • radnom

      It was good insurance in case no further pitching moves could be made.

  • Mike P

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

    • SamVa

      from everyone except the team that he fools…

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      A plaque in Monument Park, even.


      • Scooter

        Exit…. Stage left…

        • whozat

          Wow, that takes me back.

          • Scooter

            Friend of mine quit his job using that line. (A group of 20 of us were moving together from one company to another)

            It cracked up the entire floor.

            Heavens to Murgetroid – a clip even!

    • Mike HC

      Those two guys are definitely ML pitchers though. He should be able to get something for them.

  • Gaug

    Mitre may get u a bag of balls

  • DSFC

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

  • Mike bk

    can’t mitre just sit in AAA all year?

    • vin

      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

        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.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          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.

          • Evil Empire

            He should be markedly better in 2010, also, as he gains more distance away from his TJS

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/olney-yanks-working-hard-to-land-a-pitcher-tonight-21557/#comment-728142 Matt Imbrogno

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

  • A.D.

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

    • Mr.Jigginz

      The Mets?BURN.

  • Matt M.

    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

      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

        formatting FAIL

      • JobaWockeeZ

        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

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

        • Tampa Yankee

          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

          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.

  • aj

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

    • Mike Pop

      I laughed.

  • E-ROC

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

    • ColoYank

      I was trying to think who we’d have to add to get Seth Smith from the Rockies …

      Anybody know anything about Chris Dickerson of the Reds?

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        I don’t see why either team would go for that, but sure, it would be nice to get Dickerson.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Let’s not play that game again..

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Omg!Zombies!

      I’d trade Gaudin for a Maxwelll album

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      I hear it’s a guy named “Stephen Str–.” Seriously, why bother?

      I’d rather the Yanks eat some salary and try to get back the best prospect they can (if possible, of course) than just trade him for some shit minor league fodder.

  • themgmt

    Add Kei Iggy.

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

    • Am I the only Kevin?

      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?

  • Ryan

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

  • Bo

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

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

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

  • Brendan

    Smoak type bat?

  • Burnettscreamfilling

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

    • Granderslam

      Haha. That would be ideal, but we need one for depth.

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  • sk

    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.