With Millwood in the mix the Yankees don’t need Mitre anymore and dealing him for an outfielder fills their need for another backup with Curtis Granderson possibly starting the season in the DL with a strained oblique.
Dickerson, 28, has spent the last three years in the majors with the Reds and Brewers. Over 173 career games he has a 101 OPS+, but nearly all of that production came with the Reds in 2008.
Millwood finally caved and signed a minor league deal. Because he missed nearly all of spring training he is going to have to stay behind and report to Triple-A Scranton to prepare himself for the season. So Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon are still going to have to start the season in the rotation, but this gives the Yankees a veteran insurance policy in case on of them breaks down.
Mitre will likely go right into the Brewers starting rotation due to injuries to both Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. For them it’s the perfect example of beggars can’t be choosers and Dickerson must have been expendable.