Yanks re-up with Mitre again

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The New York Yankees just cannot quit Sergio Mitre. A non-tender candidate as tomorrow’s midnight deadline approaches, Mitre instead was tendered a contract by the Yanks and will sign for a $900,000 base salary. He can earn another $200,000 in incentives, Jerry Crasnick reported this evening. At that price, Mitre is a fine notch on the depth chart, but he was used sparingly in 2010. He made 27 appearances and threw 54 innings with a decent 3.33 ERA but just a 4.81 K/9 IP and a 2.7 BB/9 IP. He shouldn’t be anything more than the team’s seventh starter and should be among the first to go if they need a roster spot.

Now that Mitre is back in the fold, the Yanks’ only remaining non-tender candidate is Dustin Moseley. Unless the team again wants to stock up on redundant players, there’s absolutely no need to bring back both Moseley and Mitre. Recent history would tell us the Yanks choose otherwise though. We’ll find out soon.

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  • Nick!

    Well it would have been nice if it were someone with upside but whatever

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I agree, I’d much prefer some other team’s non tenders than the Yankees’ non tenders. I know Brian Bannister has been beaten like a ginger stepchild here, but I’d much rather have him than Mitre.

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

        I’d much prefer some other team’s non tenders than the Yankees’ non tenders.

        http://thomasparkes.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/grassmatte.jpg (safe)

        • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          Which side are we looking at here? I just feel there is at least one guy out there more serviceable than the Meat Tray.

  • MikeD

    We don’t need your Cliff “Stinking” Lee.

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  • Rafael

    It woud be better to maintain Moseley

    • bonestock94

      I don’t think it matters. Between Mitre and the 5th starter types in AAA we should be ok for SP depth.

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

      It’s close, but I think Mitre’s better. He at least has a pitch that sometimes can sink. Moseley’s just awful.

  • brockdc

    Cliff Lee HAD leverage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    He pitched better last year than ’09. This is just a guy to clean up games that got away and I like how Girardi isn’t in love with him like Chad so we won’t see him too often.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      All I heard about in 2009 was how Girardi was in love with Mitre, funnily enough.

    • steve (different one)

      Yes, he loved Gaudin so much he put him on the postseason roster. Oh wait…

  • Mr Moss

    Why the hell would Cashman resign this bum.Mitre is a randhanded Felix Heredia

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      They bonded over Richard Simmons DVDs?

  • steve (different one)

    They will definitely tender Moseley, IMO. As of now, neither Pettitte nor Lee have nor anyone else have been signed. He will be signed as insurance with the hope he won’t be needed. He will be signed and everyone will be up in arms until they remember they did the same thing last year with Mitre and Gaudin, and Gaudin was released in ST after Pettitte came back and Vazquez was acquired.

    Maybe Nova changes things a little this year, but prob not. Nova just fills Aceves’ role from last year.

  • DSFC

    I really loathe Sergio Mitre. Ridiculous and irrational? Sure is, but every single time I see the guy pitch, it seems, he gets hammered.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      he has a 3.33 era…so unless he’s getting hammered for three singles an inning (which he’s not), why do we all feel like he sucks? he’s really not all that bad!

  • Mr. Jones

    As soon as I read the headline I thought: This deal better be worth 6 figures…and it is.(He’s not meeting incentives) It’s a cheap signing you can’t really hate on it.