The Brewers added a candidate for their fifth starter slot on Friday in right-hander Sergio Mitre, acquired from the Yankees for outfielder Chris Dickerson in Milwaukee’s first Major League trade of 2011.
Mitre, 30, is 13-29 with a 5.27 ERA in 177 games, including 64 starts, over seven big league seasons with the Cubs, Marlins and Yankees. He had a 5.73 ERA in Yankees Spring Training games.
The Brewers need a fill-in for injured Zack Greinke at the start of the season, and Mitre will presumably be in the mix. The leading inside candidate is nonroster right-hander Marco Estrada.
The Brewers had acquired Dickerson last season from the Reds for fellow outfielder Jim Edmonds, and Dickerson’s departure leaves Brandon Boggs and Jeremy Reed a solid chance of beginning the year on Milwaukee’s Major League roster. There would be spots for both if regular right fielder Corey Hart begins on the disabled list with a rib-cage strain.
But general manager Doug Melvin may not be done making moves. FoxSports.com reported that the Brewers are among the teams looking at Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan, a left-handed-hitting center fielder.