When the Yankees agreed to a deal with Kevin Millwood last night, most Yankees fans took it to mean that Bartolo Colon would make the Yankees and that Sergio Mitre was on his way out. With Colon being a health risk, Millwood seemed like an insurance policy to protect the club’s depth should Bartolo go down after they released Mitre. This thought was confirmed today as the Yankees agreed to send Mitre to the Brewers for 28-year-old centerfielder Chris Dickerson. Here are Dickerson’s numbers, as well as some 2011 projections for him, courtesy of Fangraphs:
|Total||- - -||173||527||20||11.80%||29.70%||0.137||0.36||0.267||0.356||0.403||0.341||105||11.9||3.2|
As you can see, Dickerson was terrible in 2010, as his plate discipline abandoned him and any semblance of power disappeared. However, Chris is an excellent defensive center fielder and he projects fairly decently as an offensive player, as his minor league career and his first two seasons suggest that he should at least be able to reach base at a solid rate and steal some bases. He likely replaces Greg Golson as insurance in the outfield and as the late season player who could sneak onto a playoff roster due to his speed and defense. Being that Mitre was likely gone anyhow, Dickerson represents a fairly good return for his services.
As for Mitre, this move ends his adequate tenure as a Yankee long man and contradicts the overused myth that Girardi loved him and therefore would never let him leave. Mitre was close to replacement level in his two seasons with the Yankees, and is a decent bet to continue providing pitching just good enough to keep him in the majors to perform in low leverage situations. I wish him all the best in Milwaukee.
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