Brewers Acquire Mitre For Rotation Depth




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The Deal
Needing a starter to cover for ace Zack Greinke's early absence, the Brewers swapped a spare outfielder for veteran Yankees righthander Sergio Mitre. Milwaukee surrendered Chris Dickerson, who batted .208/.271/.264 in 53 at-bats for the club last summer after being acquired in a straight-up trade for Jim Edmonds. Dickerson doesn't hit lefthanders well enough to play every day, but he owns a career .273/.363/.420 batting line versus righties over 448 plate appearances. He has one minor league option remaining.

New York seemed at peace with the idea of using well-traveled veterans like Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia or possibly Kevin Millwood as its fifth starter, making Mitre expendable. He has no options remaining, so the Yankees worked out a minor trade rather than lose Mitre for nothing on a waiver claim. As you can see in our recently-unveiled Active Career Minor League Leaders, Mitre enjoyed a productive minor league career. His 3.12 ERA and low home run rate (0.45 per nine innings) rank sixth and eighth, respectively, among active professionals.
 
Brewers Acquire
Sergio Mitre, rhp
Age: 30. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $900,000.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
New York (AL) 2010 0 3 3.33 27 3 1 54 43 23 20 7 16 29 1.09
3-Year Totals 8 14 4.81 66 39 1 254.2 294 156 136 26 70 141 1.42
 
Yankees Acquire
Chris Dickerson, lf/cf
Age: 28. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: $415,000 for 2011, then arbitration eligible for 2012-14 seasons.
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Cin. / Mil. (NL) 2010 .206 45 97 11 20 2 2 0 5 6 34 4 .250 .268
3-Year Totals .267 173 454 62 121 24 7 8 35 62 135 20 .356 .403

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