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Mijares gives Royals second lefty 'pen option

Mijares gives Royals second lefty 'pen option

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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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