Yankees bring back starter Mitre for 1 year, $850K

Pitcher Sergio Mitre and the New York Yankees have agreed to an

$850,000, one-year contract that leaves the team with two players

eligible for salary arbitration.

New York had declined a $1.25 million option on the

right-hander, who was not on the Yankees’ postseason roster.

Mitre, who turns 29 next month, had elbow ligament

replacement surgery in July 2008 and agreed to a minor league

contract with the Yankees last offseason. He sat out the first 50

games while serving a suspension for testing positive for a banned

substance.

Mitre joined the Yankees in late July and went 3-3 with a

6.79 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances.

Right-hander Chad Gaudin and left-hander Boone Logan remain

eligible for arbitration. Logan was acquired last month from

Atlanta along with right-hander Javier Vazquez in the trade that

sent outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Braves.