The Yankees released Chad Gaudin on Tuesday morning. A few teams have already begun inquiring about Gaudin. Reportedly, the Mets and Dodgers have shown interest in signing the 27-year old. Gaudin is set to make $2.95 million this season. In order for a team to sign Gaudin, they must absorb his entire 2010 salary.Teams have a few options when it comes to Gaudin.

Options:

1. A team can claim Gaudin and put him in their minor league system.

1a. Gaudin can refuse the minor league assignment and become a free agent.

1b. Given the pitching landscape, walking away from roughly $3 million would be a dumb move on Gaudin’s part.

2. Teams need more pitching depth.

Signing Gaudin makes a lot of sense for the Mets. Their rotation is currently in limbo and Gaudin can provide some stability. In 2009, he started 25 games and struck out 139 hitters in 147 innings. Gaudin has played the majority of his career in the American League(4.50 career ERA). Gaudin would fit nicely into the Mets #4 spot, behind Johan Santana, John Maine, and Oliver Perez.

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