Sergio Mitre didn't count out the possibility of reuniting with the Yankees in the future, he just didn't see it happening this year. After all, the Yankees had traded him in March for outfielder Chris Dickerson.
It's funny sometimes how things can work out.
After trading him right before the season started, the Yankees re-acquired Mitre in a deal with the Brewers for cash considerations on Wednesday night. Mitre arrived in New York right before Thursday's finale against the Brewers.
"I never wanted to leave here in the first place, I loved it here," said Mitre, who reiterated that he was surprised by the trade. "I went to a good place but I'm happy where I am."
Mitre, who played for the Yankees in 2009 and 2010, had been 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings spanning 22 innings for the Brewers this season. In his two years with the Yankees, Mitre had been 3-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 39 games.
For as well as he had been pitching for Milwaukee, Mitre didn't see himself getting traded.
"That's the one thing that caught me off guard the most, no idea that was a conversation I was going to have when I got called into the office, but it's a business I guess, just a little bit tougher to swallow when there isn't anything you can put your finger on," Mitre said. "Maybe I was missing something, whatever it was. In the past."
Back with the Yankees, Mitre will join the bullpen. In the past, he was used as a starter when needed but also would serve as the long-inning reliever. He last pitched eight days ago, although he threw a bullpen session Thursday, and isn't exactly sure what his role will be with the Yankees this time around.
"Just starters have their role and other than (David Robertson) and (Mariano Rivera), every one else is mix and match, I guess that's what it looks like," Mitre said. "Whenever I'm called upon or anyone else is called upon, just get outs and give us a chance to win."