The Yankees will have an interest in Alfredo Aceves and Dustin Moseley as free agents after not tendering the right-handed pitchers contracts by last night’s deadline. There is no guarantee, however, either will be available.
From what it sounds like, the Yankees only non-tendered these pitchers in order to keep from going to arbitration with either of these pitchers. Removing them from the 40-man roster also is a benefit, but probably not the deal breaker.
Essentially what this comes down to now is where these pitchers think they’ll get the best opportunity. Aceves likely realizes that he’ll have a decent shot to be a big part of the Yankees bullpen as soon as he’s healthy so hopefully he’ll come back.
Moseley may leave though. He got a decent shot with the Yankees in the second half last season, but he also spent some time in the minors so he probably knows that the situation in the Bronx will be different in 2011 than it was in 2010. This season Ivan Nova may already be ahead of him in the depth chart and David Phelps, Hector Noesi and others may not be far behind. Perhaps Moseley will leave because he feels like he’ll get a bigger chance somewhere else at this point.