Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Yankees Re-Sign Sergio Mitre for 2011

According to a tweet by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Yankees have re-signed RHP Sergio Mitre to a 1-year deal worth $900,000 to include $200,000 in incentives.

The deal was made as the Yankees look to re-sign members of their pitch staff before tonight's non-tender deadline. By signing Mitre, he avoids free agency and the right to take offers from any other team. Yankees have to decide on tendering Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Alfredo Aceves and Dustin Moseley.

I for one am a bit surprised by this move as Mitre has yet to show why the Yankees are seemingly infatuated with him. In 2010, he pitched to a respectable 3.33 ERA, but was 0-3 in 3 starts; in the postseason, his ERA was 10.12 as he allowed 3 homers in only 2.2 innings pitched. In Mitre's career, he has yet to produce a winning season. But, he's a Girardi fave and every team needs a "fall guy" who can come into a losing game and bear the embarrassment of the starting pitcher. In that case, I guess, the move makes sense.

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