In a flurry of moves, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has signed Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract and shipped Sergio Mitre to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Chris Dickerson.
The move to trade Mitre to the Brewers in exchange for an outfielder frees up room for both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia to make the major league roster, one as a fifth starter and the other as a long reliever. With Curtis Granderson straining his oblique, an injury that could linger and cause problems in the future, bringing in Dickerson would mainly be as a bench player to fill in every now and then.
Chris Dickerson hit .206 with 0 HR and 5 RBI in 45 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers in 2010.
Adding Kevin Millwood is a low risk signing that could prove beneficial. While he will start the year in AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Millwood would be the first pitcher called up if either Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon, or Freddy Garcia are ineffective in the big leagues.
Millwood apparently rejected the Yankees’ offer of a minor league contract a few weeks ago, but may have come to the realization that this is the best he will get.
Millwood is now 36 years old and coming off the worst season of his career in 2010. With the Baltimore Orioles last season, Millwood went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts. At least you know he can eat up innings, pitching in 190.2 last year.
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