Jose Mijares has thrown 38.2 innings as a Royal. Over that span, he has a 2.56 ERA, a 1.267 WHIP and a 37/13 K/BB ratio. He’s making $950,000 this year and has two years of control left after 2012.
He’s also a left-handed pitcher, a commodity during the playoff push.
And the Royals let him go for nothing. The Giants put in a waiver claim and the Royals didn’t seek out a trade. It’s not clear if they passed him through waivers and simply let the Giants have him or if they made some mistake in the waiver process that allowed him to be claimed for nothing, but what is clear is that he’s now a San Francisco Giant.
There were questions about his attitude before the year, and part of why he was let go by the Twins, but even with that, to get nothing for him is confusing. It would also be odd considering that they could have traded him to anybody a week ago without any waiver complications involved. Surely there would have been a taker, right? If someone was interested enough to claim him, they’d likely be interested enough to give cash or a player to be named later, at least, I’d imagine.
Francisley Bueno will take his spot in the bullpen. He’s thrown 4.2 innings for Kansas City this year with a 3.86 ERA.