Yankees Sign Kevin Millwood, Trade Sergio Mitre

Baltimore Orioles Kevin MillwoodThe Yankees signed free agent starter Kevin Millwood this morning and then turned around and traded starter Sergio Mitre to the Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson.

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.

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10 Responses to Yankees Sign Kevin Millwood, Trade Sergio Mitre

  1. dutchsailor says:

    According to Baseball Reference, Dickerson was originally drafted by the Yanks back in 2000 in the 32nd round, but never signed.

  2. Susan says:

    Good riddance to Mitre, though he'll probably pitch decent in AAAA (National League). I'm not crazy about the Millwood signing but I'm willing to reserve judgement. Maybe he can turn back the clock a few years and be decent. I'm shocked that Garcia might beat out Colon for the 5th spot. Bartolo has pitched great this spring, just like I kept telling you he would, Rob! 😉

    • john says:

      Colon is an unreliable turd. I live in the Chicago area and he disappeared on the White Sox in 09. Was on the DL and disappeared from a rehab assignment. He is not reliable at all. he will hopefully last until june or close to the trade deadline. Colon has pitched well in a small sample size, DO NOT trust him.

      As for Millwod what was Ed Whitson too busy?

  3. Sergio Mitre says:

    they traded me for that peice of poo

    what ever i will win the nl cy young

  4. Susan says:

    haha, Steve Trout. That's got to be THE biggest loser to ever wear the Pinstripes. Once he became a Yankee he couldn't find the plate any more. And didn't we give up Bob Tewksbury for him?

  5. Fernando P says:

    I don't get all the hate for Mitre. He was terrible as a starter, but he was pretty good as a reliever last year (.196 BA against vs .291 BA as starter). Granted his failure in the rotation meant it was wise to trade him. Still, I'd like to see that spot used to work in a younger pitcher than rely on Colon to stay healthy.

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