Gordon can opt out of his contract with the Phillies at 6:00 p.m. if he is not placed on the Phillies major league roster, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. So unless they change their minds and call him up today by that time, the Yankees should be able to land him.
Gordon, 32, is a former outfield prospect who became a pitcher later on in his minor league career. He has made three appearances at the major league level all back in 2008 with the Texas Rangers where he put up a 2.25 ERA in four innings.
As part of their agreement to sign him, the Yankees must place him on the major league roster so there will be no stashing him in Triple-A. Which is fine as the Yankees plan on using the pitcher, who has a 1.14 ERA in 12 Triple-A appearances this season, in place of the injured Bartolo Colon on Thursday.
This may upset some fans who would prefer to see Hector Noesi or David Phelps get the start in Colon’s place, but this simply gives the Yankees one more option. Gordon has been red hot all season long and they are simply trying to see if that will carry over to the major leagues. If it does, they still have their prospects in the minors and if it doesn’t they can simply DFA Gordon and go to Noesi or Phelps afterward.