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Yankees still have Mitre in plans after declining option

Nov 17, 2009, 4:31 PM EDT

mitre getty.jpgSure, $1.25 million is barely a drop in the bucket for the Bombers, but why spend it if you don’t have to?
The Yankees on Tuesday declined Sergio Mitre’s $1.25 million option for 2010, but did so while retaining the 28-year-old’s rights for 2009. That’s because Mitre is short of the six years of service time he’d need for free agency.
Mitre is now eligible for arbitration, and it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to ask for more than $1 million after going 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances in his return from Tommy John surgery last season. The right-hander has a career ERA of 5.56 in 61 starts and 29 relief appearance.
If Mitre isn’t willing to accept a modest one-year deal, the Yankees could always non-tender him next month. But it’s more likely that they’ll keep him around and settle on a contract closer to arbitration season. He should enter spring training no higher than sixth or seventh on the rotation depth chart, so he’ll have a fight on his hands if he’s going to make the team as a middle reliever.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 17, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Sergio was one of those guys who used to inspire a collective “Oh, no!” from the twenty or thirty Marlins fans on hand when he trotted in from the bullpen. He was a classic concentration-bubble-buster as a starter, overpowering for a few innings and then off the tracks like the El train in King Kong. Sorry to see a guy with so much unharnessed talent get hurt before he could grow himself up (assuming he was ever going to), but his inability to keep his focus makes him a huge liability. I’m sure the Feelies would look forward to seeing him in October as much as the Borg hopes they re-sign Pedro in anticipation of the same rendezvous.

  2. hop - Nov 17, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    The Yanks should just say good bye to this guy, he aint got what it takes to pitch in the AL

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