March 24 – Happy Birthday Chad Gaudin
Talk about a lousy birthday present, New York announced they were releasing this right-hander on his 27th birthday. He had been competing in Spring Training for the fifth starter’s spot in Manager Joe Girardi’s 2010 rotation but was beaten out by Phil Hughes. If the Yankees kept him on the roster and put him in the bullpen, they would have had to pay his full $2.7 million salary so they released him instead. Gaudin landed a job on the A’s staff a few days later but when Oakland released him in May of last year, he again joined the Yankee bullpen. He impressed me during his 11 appearances in pinstripes in 2009 but he did little for New York, in 2010. He pitched for the Washington Nationals in 2011 but has thus far not been signed by any team to pitch in 2012.