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Giants acquire Jose Mijares from Royals via waivers

Aug 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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San Francisco has added some bullpen help for the stretch run by claiming left-hander Jose Mijares off waivers from Kansas City.

Mijares signed a one-year deal with the Royals after being non-tendered by the Twins this offseason and has pitched well with a 2.56 ERA and 37/13 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

By not pulling him back off waivers and allowing the Giants to assume his contract the Royals only save about $350,000, so it’s a bit of an odd move considering how effective Mijares has been for most of the season. Why give him away for nothing?

And the highlight of Mijares’ season was undoubtedly sharing a hotel elevator with me while the Royals were in Minnesota during the SABR convention.

  1. mattyflex - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    What on earth……..

  2. hansob - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    So no A.L. team claimed him? Weren’t the Rangers looking for bullpen help?

    He’s not great, but he has to be better than what SOME team in contention has, and it’s not like money was a factor.

    Or do guys actually “slip” through like the little kid playing Ships Across The Ocean?

    • icanspeel - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Waiver pickups go in order from worst to best record.. so possibly a team with a better record tried, but it was granted to the Giants

      • hansob - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        yeah, but don’t all the American League teams get first shot before it goes to the NL? Or am I misunderstanding it?

      • geoknows - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        You are only half right. They go worst to best by league. Since Mijares was in the AL, all AL teams get first crack, worst to best, before ANY NL team. So, weird as it seems, the Yankees would be ahead of the Astros. Rangers would have been able to claim long before the Giants.

  3. JB (the original) - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    *speculation alert*
    I wonder if the Royals saw what the Twins did, a guy sliding through on his talent and not really committing himself to the program of being a professional ballplayer both physically and mentally. I know the Twins weren’t happy with his conditioning or his ‘hunger’ as it were to get better. And as to whether the Twins’ staff knew of it or not I don’t know, but through personal experience and talking to a few people I know in the restaurant/club business in the Twin Cities, Jose really spent a lot of ‘late night’ time in the bars around town, and not sipping coffee…

  4. Detroit Michael - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Rany Jazeryarli commented on his Royals blog that the Royals probably don’t need Mijares given the guys they acquired in the Broxton trade.

    Also, there are a lot of players listed on waivers at this time of year, so it may be easy to slip a guy through right now. Even if Mijaries’ contract versus performance looks reasonable right now when viewed in isolation, one can’t claim ALL of the seemingly reasonably-priced players simultaneously without leaving your club exposed to a lot of financial risk.

    • baseballisboring - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Mijares is no big loss to them, but he’s still a very solid lefty specialist. If he could be had for nothing but $350,000 in salary relief, shouldn’t they have traded him at the deadline? Everyone’s looking for pitching this time of year. I think a perpetually rebuilding team like the Royals should always be trying to get *something* for guys with some value that they give up, on the off chance whatever B prospect they get for him actually turns into something.

      But…you know. No big deal I guess.

  5. sisqsage - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    The Royals have been Berry, Berry Good to the Giants this year.
    Gracias again for Melky.

    • - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Not only did you get Melky, Sanchez did NOT pitch for you. Might well call Dayton Moore and ask him what he;’d give you for Barry Zito.

  6. vols84 - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    David Glass is the worst owner on professional sports and is holding this once great franchise hostage. He is a Walmart millionaire several times over and won’t spend the money to win. He’s all about further padding his profits and not being competitive in a bad division. For the love of all things good, please somebody purchase this team and make it competitive again. All of KC despises the Glass family. He never leaves Bentonville and goes to more double A games than Royals games. He is an admitted Cardinals fan. Please Sporting KC owners, buy the Royals!!!!!

  7. pantherpro - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    David Glass is a nut Republican looking for tax shelters like his boy Romney!

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