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Royals sign Twins castoff Jose Mijares for $925,000

Dec 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT


Non-tendered by the Twins last week, Jose Mijares has quickly found a new home in the AL Central.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the 27-year-old reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals, who plan to use him as a left-handed specialist.

Mijares had a terrible 2011 season, walking 30 batters in 49 innings, but was very effective in the previous three years and has a 3.16 ERA in 154 career innings.

Minnesota soured on Mijares to the point that they cut him loose rather than pay what would’ve been a modest $750,000 or so salary via arbitration, but it’s not surprising that he almost immediately landed another big-league contract.

UPDATE: Mijares’ deal is worth $925,000, so he actually ended up with a raise.

  1. sailonoc - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Oh Royals! You are going to be so sorry for being so foolish as to sign this guy to an almost million dollar contract! Who makes these calls?

    • dan1111 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      A 27 year old lefty who can throw in the low-to-mid 90’s and has a 133 ERA+ in 150 major league innings? Yeah, only idiotic teams want that kind of player.

  2. l0yalr0yal - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    You’re not Roy Oswalt.

  3. Tim's Neighbor - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    I’m still confused as to why the Twins non-tendered him. He’s been a solid reliever and well worth the 750K. I think last year is a fluke for him.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:37 AM

      Eh not exactly. His strikeouts went down, his walks went up, and his ERA was still probably lower than it should’ve been cause of a fluky home run rate. He’s a lefty specialist with not so good control at best.

      • dan1111 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Hmmm, you are giving a lot of weight to a mere 49 innings of pitching last year. Overall, he has been pretty successful in limited innings in the majors. He is young, and as a lefty who throws in the low to mid 90’s, he has plenty of potential and will get lots of chances.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        True, but seeing walks go up and K’s go down at the same time is never a good sign. I guess he does have good stuff maybe there’s a little more in the tank there than I thought, without going and checking the Fangraphs page again.

  4. sknut - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Somebody had Tweeted and this is a great line that “Mijares thought he had signed with KFC not KC”

    That is why he is no longer on the Twins, its too bad because he has good stuff.

  5. azpackerbacker - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    KC’s finest BBQ establishments: consider yourself warned.

  6. imaginesuperbowlwin - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no pepsi!

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