Brewers Acquire Sergio Mitre

The Brewers have acquired Sergio Mitre from the Yankees for Chris Dickerson. The move provides the Brewers with the pitching depth they coveted and opens up a spot in the Yankees bullpen, possibly for Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon.

The Brewers have been considering adding pitching since they learned that Zack Greinke will miss some time to recover from a cracked rib. Their need for depth became more pronounced when Mark Rogers (shoulder) and Manny Parra (back) also encountered health issues.

It's not clear whether the Brewers will use Mitre as a long man, as the Yankees did, or insert him into the rotation over internal starting candidates such as Marco Estrada. Mitre has started games in every one of his seven major league seasons, but has only been a full-time starter once, for the 2007 Marlins. Last year, the 30-year-old right-hander posted a 3.33 ERA with 4.8 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 54 innings as a swingman. Mitre, a veteran of Tommy John surgery, missed 49 days with an oblique strain in 2010.

The Yankees appear set to open the season with a rotation of C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova and Colon or Garcia. If the Yankees, who just signed Kevin Millwood, insert Colon into the rotation, they could take Garcia up on his offer to become a long reliever and use him to replace Mitre.

The Brewers acquired Dickerson last summer in the trade that sent Jim Edmonds to Cincinnati. Dickerson hit .206/.250/.268 for the Brewers and Reds last year, but he showed more pop in 2009 when he posted a .743 OPS. The 28-year-old has played all three outfield positions in the majors and will provide the Yankees with some welcome depth.

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick first reported the move (on Twitter) and both teams have since confirmed it.


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57 Comments on "Brewers Acquire Sergio Mitre"


TdotsFinest
4 years 5 months ago

does this mean Marcum will start the season on the DL?

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

I hadn’t heard that. Grienke will, though. That left them one starter short. Mitre may do better in the NL anyway so I see it as a why not move.

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 5 months ago

I agree why not since Chris wasn’t going to make the team anyway

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

No.

phoenix2042
4 years 5 months ago

YES. the tyranny of the groundball machine who still somehow manages to give up too many homeruns is over!

bleachercreature
4 years 5 months ago

best news in the history of forever. peace out meat tray, i’m sure our opponents will miss you

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

I’ll miss him and I wasn’t even an opponent (just a fan of one).

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Good Riddance.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

mitre traded to brewers for a diet coke and a high five

bleachercreature
4 years 5 months ago

from Shelly Duncan

BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

How about a beer and a hamburger?

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

Bratwurst instead of the hamburger. It’s Milwaukee, after all.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

A Brat and a Beer for Mitre? Wow… the Brew Crew really over paid.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

It was a non-alcoholic beer.

coolstorybro222
4 years 5 months ago

O’DOUL RULES

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 5 months ago

But the high five is what Girardi asked for in the deal he’s lonely now that Mitre is gone.

4 years 5 months ago

Get anyone worth for him?

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

They agreed to buy dinner for Colon for a night.

So the yanks won the deal…

4 years 5 months ago

Why would the Brewers bankrupt themselves like that?

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 5 months ago

Are you nuts dinner for Colon we are a small market after all

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

as long as the brewers included at least a bag of balls and some wooden bats we are good.

BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

Brewers could have had another bad pitcher in Rodrigo Lopez, and gave up just as much. And, he’s cheaper. And, better.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

Lopez could have worked, but fly ball pitchers have a very tough time in Miller Park. Balls in the air fly out of there with alarming regularity. But good luck to Mitre with that fairly crappy infield defense. He’s going to need it.

4 years 5 months ago

This is, without a doubt, Brian Cashman’s best move of the offseason.

Bob George
4 years 5 months ago

No, signing Millwood is Cashman’s best move. A 5.00 washed up pitcher.

I wonder if the Yankees will ever learn how to construct a roster.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

they do ok

Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah I know, they only won a World Series more recently than 28 other teams from constructing a paper airplane

AisoRed
4 years 5 months ago

WHAT!?!?

rockfordone
4 years 5 months ago

Waste of money to fly him to Arizona

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

you assume a plane ticket is involved

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

I think I read somewhere that the Brewers hired him a burro for the ride out to Arizona. Could be wrong though…

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Mitre for Dickerson. Wonder if that means Granderson will go on the DL and Jones will start. And Dickerson to the bench?

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

dickerson? wow. hat-tip to cashman for this one

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

You won’t be toasting Cashman when you watch Dickerson hit.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Nor will Brewer fans be toasting Melvin when they watch Mitre pitch.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

because he blew for 100 PA last year?

in 2009 in three times as many PA he hit .275/.370/.373 with plus defense. and those numbers are not a surprise in light of his production in the minors

that kind of player for sergio freakin’ mitre? tip of the cap indeed

nathanalext
4 years 5 months ago

Dickerson’s biggest issue is staying healthy. If he manages to do that, he will be more than serviceable for them.

4 years 5 months ago

Brewers had (still “have” probably) some pitching depth issues and a few bench / backup OF decisions. Solution = Mitre? Unlikely. Get well soon Greinke.

4 years 5 months ago

Rosenthal tweeted Brewers now in on Nyjer Morgan so we will see where this goes.

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

The Brewers acquired Dickerson last year from the Reds for two months of gimpy legged Jim Edmonds. Dickerson did nothing of note in a Brewer uniform. He doesn’t hit with power or average and strikes out a lot. He’s fine defensively but that’s about it. The guy is vastly overrated and would have been optioned as soon as Corey Hart returned. For gosh sakes, Jeremy Reed and Brandon Boggs beat him out this spring.

Mitre fits the bill for what they needed, a spot starter who can then serve as long man in the pen.

TrueYankeeFanNYC
4 years 5 months ago

Lol justifying a trade for Mitre.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

that is a ridiculous review of chris dickerson. you are talking about 105 plate appearances

to give you an idea of how foolish it is, in 2008 i could look at this 122 plate appearances in cincinatti during which he hit .304/.413/.608 and crown him one of the best hitters in baseball

a more realistic view accounts for both of those small sample outliers and his 300 PA from 2009 of .275/.370/.373 ball in light of his performance in the minors, which was very good (average wOBA of .375 in 800 AAA plate appearances)

the guy can hit. the guy is a good defender. the guy can steal a few bases. he’s a good 4th OF and a very good pickup when the cost was sergio mitre

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

He was probably going to get cut soon anyway. Good move on Cashman’s end!

daveineg
4 years 5 months ago

So was Dickerson.

4 years 5 months ago

Cash obviously got sick of Girardi’s man-crush on Mitre.
Decided the team would be better off without him.

bleachercreature
4 years 5 months ago

hell no. Cashman pulled them apart kicking and screaming. Girardi is in tears

Matt Galvin
4 years 5 months ago

Dickerson can be start and Jones of the Bench.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Can you fix that sentence up? From the looks of it it seems you’re saying Dickerson can start and Jones can be on the bench. Uhh, both of them will be on the bench unless Granderson’s injury keeps him out. And if he is out, Jones would start, not Dickerson.

Jeff Weissbuch
4 years 5 months ago

Good luck with that

Bob George
4 years 5 months ago

Inexpensive filler for the Brewers. Mitre has talent, was even a good looking prospect with the Cubs but has never turned it into much big league success. He’s an average pitcher at best at this point.

Still, the Brewers didn’t give up much to get him and they needed another warm body.

4 years 5 months ago

You know who else was a good-looking prospect, that even turned it into success? Mark Prior.