Jose Mijares Signing is a Solid One

Jose Mijares is moving south. (AP Photo)

The Royals announced today that they’ve signed lefty reliever Jose Mijares, formerly a pain in the Royals’ collective side during his time with the Twins. There haven’t been any details of the deal just yet, but I would guess it’s simply a one-year deal that helps to shore up the “killer bullpen” that’s apparently been a goal this offseason.

Mijares is at a low point in his short career, as he was non-tendered by the Twins after a season in which he posted a 4.59 ERA and 1.0 K/BB over 49 innings. That clouds his potential, however, as he’s been a great reliever in the past. In my time regularly watching the Twins in ’08 and ’09, Mijares was a key piece of the late-game strategy for Ron Gardenhire. In those seasons, Mijares put together a 2.13 ERA with 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.61 K/BB across 72 innings pitched. He was definitely a valuable pitcher and especially valuable as a lefty reliever. Left-handed batters are hitting just .212/.276/.331 against Mijares for his career. He’s definitely a valuable asset.

As far as what that does for Tim Collins, it mostly just takes some of the load off of him. Collins struggled with throwing strikes as the 2011 season progressed, so he can still fight for a major league spot out of Spring Training. Still, it’ll take a strong effort. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Royals want to give Collins some time away from big league usage, if possible. Basically, this ensures that there are multiple strong LHP options in the bullpen should the Royals need them.

Mathematically, this is a bit confusing, however. I’m not really sure how many relievers the Royals need, but I guess part of building a killer bullpen that can make up for starting pitching shortcomings requires having depth across the board. At a cursory glance, the Royals now have at least 10 good options for relievers. Since they’ll probably do a 13-man pitching corps, someone will get the axe. Or get traded. Or who knows. Anyway, it’s very crowded out there.

And that seems to be a good thing. The Royals have both quality and quantity in their reliever corps. I’d say that’s a definite piece of the killer bullpen puzzle.

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Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Jose Mijares, Kansas City Royals, KC, KC Royals, MLB, Royals, Tim Collins

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  • http://seedlingstostars.com/ thebaseballfish

    As a Twins and Royals fan, I’m decidedly not on board with this move. Mijares is talented no doubt, but questions of his motivation and conditioning have followed him and he’s been very injury prone to boot. Not sure he’s the type of guy we want mingling with the rest of the young/talented relievers on the team.

    If his signing comes at the expense of Collins’ continued development in the major leagues this signing will be flawed a multiple levels regardless of his performance in 2012.

    It’s telling that the Twins cut bait with him despite needing bullpen help and the fact he would have only cost them slightly more than the league minimum to keep him around. To quote Twins guru Seth Stohs when Jose was non-tendered, “not a huge loss.”

  • http://seedlingstostars.com/ thebaseballfish

    As a Twins and Royals fan, I’m decidedly not on board with this move. Mijares is talented no doubt, but questions of his motivation and conditioning have followed him and he’s been very injury prone to boot. Not sure he’s the type of guy we want mingling with the rest of the young/talented relievers on the team.

    If his signing comes at the expense of Collins’ continued development in the major leagues this signing will be flawed a multiple levels regardless of his performance in 2012.

    It’s telling that the Twins cut bait with him despite needing bullpen help and the fact he would have only cost them slightly more than the league minimum to keep him around. To quote Twins guru Seth Stohs when Jose was non-tendered, “not a huge loss.”