TAMPA — The Yankees made two moves today regarding their 2011 rotation. One was a addition and one was a subtraction.
The Yankees reached a deal with Milwaukee to send right-hander Sergio Mitre to the Brewers in return for outfielder Chris Dickerson.
Mitre, 30, was a candidate to be a No. 5 starter this spring but did not look good in his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. Mitre is 13-29 with a 5.27 ERA in his career and was 0-3 with the Yankees in 2010.
Dickerson , 28, was acquired by the Brwers from the Reds on Aug. 9 last season in trade for Jim Edmonds. He hit .208 with five RBIs in 25 games with the Brewers. Dickerson is similar to Greg Golson in that he is able to play good defense and run.
In the second move, the Yankees signed veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood to a minor-league contract. Millwood was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA last season with the Orioles.
He gives the Yankees an insurance policy behind 34-year-old Freddy Garcia and 37-year-old Bartolo Colon, who are both competing with 24-year-old Ivan Nova for two open rotation spots. Millwood, 36, will likely have to get in shape at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being considered for promotion to the Yankees.
The loss of Mitre raises the possibility that the Yankees could either use Nova or Garcia out of the bullpen as a long reliever to start the season. Nova has seemed to have earned the No. 4 spot but the Yankees might just hand a rotation spot to Garcia, though his ERA is 5.93 this spring.
The Yankees seem to favor veterans over rookies and they may see Nova as a potential starter if Colon or Garcia stumble.
The final decision has not been made, but the regular season begins in one week.