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Bryan Hoch reported this afternoon that the Yankees have signed free agent reliever, Chad Gaudin. Gaudin will give the Yankees a second long-man out of the bullpen.

We chronicled the Sergio Mitre vs. Chad Gaudin ‘battle’ all spring long. Mitre coupled with his $750,000 salary and impressive spring won out and Gaudin, with his $2.95 million salary, was cut. The Yankees only had to pay roughly a $700,000 termination fee before the Oakland A’s claimed him. However, the A’s subsequently released him after a poor showing out of the bullpen this year (8.83 ERA in 17 innings). The A’s will be on the hook for the majority of Gaudin’s contract with the Yankees paying a pro-rated contract minimum. Talk about a low-risk, low cost option.

Alfredo Aceves began a rehab assignment yesterday, but apparently re-aggravated his balky back. Aceves has been dealing with a bulging disc injury for the last two weeks. The more problems it causes, the more likely surgery becomes. That’s where¬† the Gaudin move comes into play.

Since Gaudin was an outside move, there will be a move on the 40-man roster. Maybe bye-bye Boone Logan?