Did The Yankees Fall For The Small Sample On Gaudin?

According to Ed Price, the Yankees have placed Chad Gaudin on waivers. This means that another club could claim him and take on his entire 3M dollar salary, he could clear waivers and go to AAA, or he could clear and reject the assignment and become a free agent. This move comes after Gaudin moved to 0-3 with an 8.38 ERA on the spring, while his primary competition for a roster spot, Sergio Mitre, continued to impress. However, Gaudin pitched just 9.1 innings, and Mike Axisa at RAB wonders, did the Yankees make this decision based on a tiny sample size?:

In over 460 career innings in the American League, Gaudin has been the definition of league average. His 4.25 ERA equals a 101 ERA+, his .271 batting average against isn’t much worse than the .265-ish league average (basically one extra hit every 142 at-bats), and his 6.5 K/9 is right around the 6.8-ish average as well (one fewer strikeout every 30 IP).

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Pirates claim Claggett

From MLBTR, we learn that the Pirates have claimed Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees. Claggett was designated for assignment on the 14th in order to free up a roster spot on the 40-man for speedster Freddy Guzman. The Pirates already have Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen, and Jeff Karstens pitching for them, so why not bring in another Yankee arm (or two, or three)?… Click here to read the rest

Get Murton

Matt Murton, of the Colorado Rockies, was DFA’d on Wednesday so that the Rox could make room for reliever Juan Rincon. Murton is an interesting player—he hit .321/.388/.489 in 86 minor-league games this season—and one that I’ve written about before.

Prior to joining the Rockies this year, Murton was with the Cubs and was perpetually blocked from joining the Chicago OF on a full-time basis (they had Soriano and had signed Fukudome). Murton was then shipped over to the A’s in the deal for Rich Harden. At that point, I thought there was hope for the skilled young outfielder and maybe, just maybe, he’d finally get to play on a regular basis. That was not the case, though, as Rockies then acquired Murton early this year in exchange for an IF prospect and have kept him in Triple-A for most of the year (he has been blocked by a number of other players).

Last July, I wrote that the Yankees should trade for Murton (from the Cubs) so that he may man right once Bobby Abreu exited New York.… Click here to read the rest