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Mijares gives Royals second lefty 'pen option

Mijares gives Royals second lefty 'pen option

Mijares gives Royals second lefty 'pen option
The Kansas City Royals followed up their Tuesday addition of utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt by agreeing to a one-year contract on Wednesday with left-handed reliever Jose Mijares. The deal is worth $925,000, with performance bonuses possibly taking it up to $1 million.

Tim Collins stood as the team's only southpaw reliever until this addition of the 27-year-old Mijares.

"We expect Jose to be a solid addition from the left side that further strengthens our bullpen," Royals GM Dayton Moore said in a statement. "He has been especially good against left-handed hitters in his career and will give [Royals manager] Ned [Yost] more options to match up late in the game."

Mijares was non-tendered by the Twins after posting a 3-6 mark with a 3.16 ERA over 186 appearances since 2008. In 2011, Mijares finished 0-2 with 4.59 ERA in 58 games.

His track record against left-handed hitters has been exceptional, with Mijares holding them to a .212 average and giving up just five home runs in 287 plate appearances. The Venezuela native currently is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in eight relief appearances for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Bringing in Mijares puts the Royals' 40-man roster at 40.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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