Tonight was the deadline to offer arbitration to players without contracts or to release them as free agents. The Yankees released pitchers Dustin Moseley and Alfredo Aceves, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Moseley, 28, was non-tendered after they re-signed RHP Sergio Mitre yesterday. They could have kept him around for depth, but with enough major league ready pitching in the minors the Yankees should be fine in case of injuries.
It was a suprise that Aceves, 28 in less than a week, was expected to be a part of the Yankees bullpen in 2011. He did just have surgery to repair a broken clavicle which should take a full three months to recover from. That means he could potentially start his rehab by spring training, but even still he might not be ready until May or later.
So the Yankees have probably non-tendered him so they don’t have to eat up a spot on the roster. Hopefully they’ll try to re-sign him to a minor league contract.