Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse Tweeted that the Yankees have put Chad Gaudin on waivers, which further clarifies their plans for the pitching staff.
If a team claims Gaudin (unlikely), they'd have to pay him $2.95 million. Since he hasn't shown much in spring (9 ER in 9 1/3 innings), and the Yankees likely were trying to trade him, it's more likely he'll pass through those waivers.
Then, the Yankees can 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.
Me? I'd keep the money and go to Triple-A. He's not going to get $2.95 million on the open market.
Or...the Yankees could just release him. Then they would owe him "only" about $700,000.
So with less than two weeks to go before opening day, the roster seems pretty set, doesn't it?
Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Vazquez, Hughes
Rivera, Joba, Robertson, Park, Marte, Aceves, Mitre
Posada, Cervelli, Teixeira, Johnson, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Pena
Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Winn, Thames