Nov
17

Yanks decline option on Mitre

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Via Marc Carig on Twitter, the Yankees have declined the $1.25 million option the team held on Sergio Mitre. This move, however, does not portend the end of Mitre’s pinstriped career. Since he is arbitration-eligible, he remains, as Carig notes, under team control. The Yanks could still opt to non-tender him, but for the amount it will cost to resign him, Brian Cashman will look to retain him on an incentive-laden deal. Just a few days ago, I predicted that the Yanks would pick up his option. So much for that.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I am genuinely surprised by this.

    Maybe they’re gonna go to arb with him and offer him 80% of his 2009 salary, the minimum they are allowed to do under the CBA. They probably win that arb hearing, no matter what Mitre’s offered number is, given Mitre’s A) missed time due to suspension and B) poor 2009 performance.

    • Doug

      how often is someone actually awarded less than their previous year’s salary?

      • Thomas

        I don’t believe that has ever happened.

        • Jordan

          No it hasn’t, but Mitre and Wang make a strong case.

  • Omar Moreno

    It could be that this is another opportunity to clear a 40 man spot and they can add him to a minor/major deal after the draft.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s a pretty decent point. Rule V protections are far more important than picking up Sergio Mitre’s option.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +1

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Except I think that Mitre remains on the 40-man because he’s still under team control. Now I’m confused. I’ll have to check the rules on 40-man roster construction later.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Exactly. Mitre wouldn’t come off our 40 man until we actually non-tender him, which would then mean we lose the right of exclusivity in negotiation and the arbitration framework.

            (Not that that’s not necessarily a bad thing, mind, you, I’m just saying.)

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Do you think anyone else would take a shot at him, though? I don’t know if anyone would.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Meh, someone will, but… whatevs. Maybe we take that 1.25M in designated “minor league injury longshot rehab money” and reinvest it as part of the money to sign Kelvin Escobar or something.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  I was wondering about Escobar. He could be a decent depth option.

              • http://theyankeeway.mlblogs.com/ Keanu Reeves

                Someone would. NL team maybe. He’s serviceable, and could get better as he’s farther removed from TJ surgery.

          • Will

            He does remain on the 40-man, but I would be shocked if he isn’t released.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Or traded to Pittsburgh for another Fat Sanchez. I bet they’ve got another one in there somewhere…

              • Thomas

                http://www.baseball-reference......nche001yey

                Since we probably can’t get Tony Sanchez, this is probably the best bet. Plus side his name is cooler!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  198 isn’t very fat, but that 6’4″ indicates a nice large frame. We could put him on an aggressive eating program of some sort to fatten him up. We just need the right coach/special advisor to supervise his eating habits.

                  Where’s Raul Mondesi at when you need him?

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  I’ll fill in.

                  Sincerely,
                  Andruw Jones

                • Thomas

                  Yeyber Sanchez did test positive for PED, so he seems to be trying to get bigger (though not really fatter).

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Here’s two more:

                  Henri Sanchez from the Twins organization: http://www.baseball-reference......nche001hen
                  Kristoffer Sanchez from the Mariners organization: http://www.baseball-reference......nche001kri

                  They’re not pitchers, but they’re both pretty chunky-style 1B/DH’s. The Fat Sanchezes is about to become multi-positional, baby!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeyber Sanchez did test positive for PED, so he seems to be trying to get bigger (though not really fatter).

                  I like it. A guy willing to do whatever it takes to get better and help his club win ballgames. That’s a selfless team-firster right there.

                  Taking PED’s = being a grinder/gamer

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  Raul Mondesi I hear is hanging out in Aruba with a mysterious man known by some as “Snacks.”

                • pat

                  Mondesi + Snacks Pontoon= buffet busters

  • Will

    Just let him go…please. I’ve seen enough of him be unlucky to the tune of 6 runs per 9 innings.

    • whozat

      yeah, taking a flier on a guy coming back from TJ for a million dollars is just not the kind of thing the Yankees can afford to do!

      • Will

        Yeah…29 year olds with a career ERA+ of 78 are worth wasting money and roster spots on. Mitre was awful before the surgey and he was awful after the surgery. I’d rather make Sydney Ponson undergo TJ than waste time with Mitre.

        • Salty Buggah

          How do you like Gaudin? Because despite the K numbers being great, Gaudin had a higher FIP in his time with the Yanks than Mitre.

        • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

          Wasting money and a roster spot? I beg to differ. He isn’t “wasting” it at all.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Well, no, he isn’t “wasting” it, but if his roster spot means that Kevin Whelan or Grant Duff, for example, get exposed to the R5 and we lose them, it does become a legitimate question of “whom do we want to lose less, Mitre or Duff/Whelan?”

            There’s good arguments either way.

            • Bo

              Just think. people wanted Gaudin to start a WS game.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                (thinks)

                Nope, your point still has nothing to do with anything anyone was talking about.

                Thanks for playing, enjoy the RAB home game, have your pets spayed or neutered, etc. etc.

  • Omar Moreno

    There are several people on the list of players that require protection who are more valuable than Mitre. I doubt that he gets a guarunteed deal from anyone. He might as well try the minor league deal route with the Champs.

  • Mike HC

    Good riddance. He was terrible. He should be nothing more than the Yanks like 9th starter, which he basically was last year. Hopefully this is a complete non factor next year either way.

    • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

      This move, however, does not portend the end of Mitre’s pinstriped career. Since he is arbitration-eligible, he remains, as Carig notes, under team control.

      Let’s let him completely heal from TJ surgery so he can be used as depth. I don’t want 2009 Mitre but 2010 Mitre will be better. I’ll gladly take the depth.

  • larryf

    make room for Ivan Nova!

    • http://sports-odds.com/images/stories/yankees-arod-teixeira.jpg JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah and then the next thing we’ll hear is how much he sucks if he makes a bad start.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Perhaps, but numbers-wise, they’re probably unrelated. I think there was room on the 40-man for both Mitre and Nova.

      Mitre’s roster spot more affects the Duff/Whelan/Kroenke/Romulo/Curtis/Corona kind of guys, IMO, and as Mike said the other day.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....aft-19748/

      • Doug

        so make room for “Duff/Whelan/Kroenke/Romulo/Curtis/Corona kind of guys”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          … well, one of ‘em, anyway.

  • A.D.

    Does he still have options left?

  • Bo

    He would have been a total waste of a roster spot. i’d rather see an upside pitcher get it.

  • Slu

    I don’t know why anyone would argue for keeping him at all.

    He is about as replaceable as they come and is pretty expensive for a below replacement level pitcher.

    I agree that I’d rather use the 40 man spot for someone younger that might have a chance to be an above average, or hell even just average pitcher, going forward.

    • Am I the only Kevin?

      Agreed about the expense in comparison to return. People keep saying “what is 1.25M to the Yanks?” This team has a budget. Overpaying for utility infielders, AAAA starters, and bottom of the bullpen relievers instead of using your cheap minor league depth does prevent deals from happening. You save a few $M here and there on barely replacement level guys and this eventually allows you to absorb bigger contracts for more valuable players, to take on expensive vets for a stretch run, etc. Mitre is a dime a dozen – no need to overpay him and tie up a roster spot.

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