The Yankees have made it clear that they will trade either Sergio Mitre or Chad Gaudin before Opening Day. The 5th Starter picture is somewhat vague, so these two are battling it out for a spot in the bullpen. So who should stay? Who should go? We’ll let’s look at last night’s results(6-2 Loss vs. Tampa Bay):

Mitre: 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

Gaudin: 2 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

This only a small sample size of their Spring performances, but essentially paints the picture. Mitre has been awesome. He has struck out 14 hitters in 14 innings, allowed 5 earned runs, and only 3 walks. Gaudin, on the other hand(0-3 Spring Training Record), has not impressed. In 9 innings, he has allowed 9 runs, 16 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts.

While Mitre has impressed this Spring, Gaudin’s $3 million salary will be difficult to move. Mitre is only set to make roughly $1 million this year, making him more expendable. Some teams(Arizona, Seattle, Oakland, Mets) need pitching so expect one of those teams to come calling.

Ultimately, Mitre will get dealt. The Yankees are auditioning him by starting him in games this Spring. He has performed well. Even the Yankees like Mitre, moving him will make the most sense, financially. Baseball is all a numbers game, anyway. I can promise you that this will be the last, lengthy post ever about a long-man in the bullpen.

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