Chacon, Small tendered offers

Yankees tender offers to Chacon, Small

NEW YORK -- Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small were credited with turning the Yankees' season around in 2005, leading the Bombers to an eighth consecutive American League East title.

For their efforts, the two right-handers were offered contracts on Tuesday, assuring them of spots with the Yankees in 2006. Both players are arbitration-eligible.

Wayne Franklin will not be back with New York, as the Yankees chose to non-tender the left-hander. With the recent additions of southpaws Mike Myers and Ron Villone, and 12 pitchers already on the staff, the Yankees did not need Franklin's services.

Chacon, who made $2.35 million in 2005, went 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 games for the Yankees after being acquired from the Rockies before the trade deadline.

Chacon, who turns 28 on Friday, held opponents to a .225 batting average with the Yankees, allowing three runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 starts.

He started Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Angels, getting a no-decision in the Yankees' 3-2 victory. In the outing, he allowed two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, helping the Yanks force a Game 5 back in Anaheim.

Small, 34, started 2005 in the Yankees' Minor League system after impressing the club during Spring Training. After making his Yankees debut on July 20, he went back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation, filling in where necessary.

On Sept. 29, Small defeated the Orioles at Camden Yards, completing a perfect 10-0 season. Small became just the fourth pitcher in big-league history to win at least 10 games without a loss, joining Tom Zachary, Dennis Lamp and Howie Krist.

In Small's nine starts, the Yankees were 8-1, though he is expected to fill a long-relief role in the bullpen this season if the rest of the rotation is healthy.

Franklin was given a couple of opportunities to win the job of left-handed specialist last season, but the 31-year-old was unable to nail down the role. He went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in three stints with New York.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.