Yankees decline option on Mitre

Yankees decline option on Mitre

The Yankees declined their $1.25 million option for right-hander Sergio Mitre on Tuesday.

Mitre, who didn't make New York's postseason roster, is still under club control with less than five years of Major League service time. He is eligible for arbitration.

Mitre underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in July 2008 and agreed to a Minor League contract with New York that November. He then sat out the first 50 games while serving a suspension for testing positive for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's Drug Policy.

The 28-year-old joined the Yankees in late July and went 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 games (nine starts).

In six seasons with three different teams, Mitre is 13-26 with a 5.56 ERA in 90 career games (61 starts).

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.