2009 Stats: 6-10, 4.64
Chad Gaudin was the Yankees number four starter. He was considered so valuable to the future of the franchise that he was not allowed to pitch in October or November. While his overall numbers weren't great, he was 2-0 for the Yankees with a 3.43 ERA after being acquired from San Diego. The fact that he was pitching for the second half Yankees had nothing to do with that increased winning percentage. Gaudin, if he's not traded before then, and assuming he makes the major league team, will probably serve as a long reliever/spot starter, waiting in the wings should Hughes pitch like Joba did circa 2009. He will also serve as trade fodder come July.
Gaudin will pitch serviceably through the first half of the season, at which point he will be traded to the Braves. Unbeknownst to Brian "Bronny Cash" Cashman, Gaudin has a no-trade clause which he refuses to wave unless he gets an extension. Cashman can't figure out how Gaudin ended up with a no-trade clause in his one year deal. All he can recall from the negotiations is block, block, z-piece, right-side L-piece, z-piece, long piece.
Little Known Gaudin Fact:
Chad Gaudin was once a world-class track athlete. According to legend, he ran from the blocks the way the Yankees ran from the possibility of him pitching in the '09 playoffs.