The Yankees have agreed to deals with RHP Chad Gaudin and newly-acquired LHP Boone Logan before arbitration; both are one-year deals.
Gaudin’s deal is worth $2.95 million, an increase of nearly $1 million more than last season. He also has incentives worth $175K if he fulfills an undisclosed amount of innings this season. Logan’s deal is worth $590K, $115K more than what he would have made this season.
Gaudin was 2-0 last season with the Yankees with a 3.43 ERA and allowed 41 hits in 42 innings, while striking out 34 batters. Logan was acquired in the Melky Cabrera deal from Atlanta. He has a career 5-5 record and a 5.78 ERA in the MLB, and three of his four seasons have been spent in the AL (with the White Sox).
What this means for the Yankees’ staff: Sergio Mitre now has definite competition for the #5 spot in the rotation. I think all eyes will be looking at he and Gaudin compete during Spring Training (note: only 30 days until Pitchers and Catchers). Logan will really have to shine in Spring training to make the MLB roster. Fellow southpaw Damaso Marte is basically guaranteed a spot on the Yanks. It really depends on whether or not Girardi wants to carry two lefties rather than just Marte, but it really depends on how well Logan impresses (or not).