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Gaudin looks like odd man out

Chad Gaudin #41 of the New York Yankees

Chad Gaudin #41 of the New York Yankees starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring training. (March 3, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

TAMPA, Fla. - Alfredo Aceves threw a bullpen session to Francisco Cervelli at Steinbrenner Field Tuesday as the picture for the team's fifth-starter spot continued to get clarified.

A report on AOL Fanhouse said the Yankees have placed Chad Gaudin on waivers; general manager Brian Cashman said he would not comment, but it would make sense because Gaudin was the longest shot out of the five candidates and has had the least impressive camp.

"Obviously we're going to have to make some decisions," Cashman said. "We have to move forward and let everybody get mentally ready for their roles. We've got to get our team assembled for the start of the season."

Gaudin allowed nine runs in 91/3 innings. He has a non-guaranteed $2.95-million contract. If he passes through waivers, the Yankees can release him and will owe him $737,500 in termination pay.

The Yankees also could try to send him to Triple-A, but he'd have to agree and they'd have to pay him his full salary. Or he can refuse and become a free agent.

Cashman said the team's brass would meet Wednesday to discuss their final roster decisions. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he would announce a decision on the fifth starter Thursday or Friday.

A-Rod's meeting. Cashman had no comment on the report that Alex Rodriguez will meet with federal authorities on Friday in Buffalo. Investigators reportedly want to quiz A-Rod about his ties, if any, with alleged HGH doctor Anthony Galea.

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