Gaudin has had a sub-par season with the Padres with a record of 4-10 and an ERA of 5.13. Gaudin's final two starts with the Padres really seemed to spell his demise as he gave up nine earned runs in just five innings of work.
The Yankees have been laking a fifth starter for most of the season with the injury of Chen Ming Wanga and are hoping that Gaudin can come in and pitch as the fifth starter and do so effectively.
As someone who has watched Gaudin since his days with the Chicago Cubs, I am unsure that he will be much of an improvement for current fifth starter Sergio Mitre.
This was a wise move by the Padres front office to gain some value from a very ineffective starter that did not fit into the thier long term plans. The move also allows the Padres to see how some of their younger pitchers do on the major league stage.
For Kevin Towers and the Padres organization, this was a major win and thankfully they got some value out of Gaudin