The Kansas City Royals already have a nice bullpen with several live arms. From closer Joakim Soria to All-Star Aaron Crow and others like Greg Holland, Tim Collins, Louis Coleman and Blake Wood. Well the ’pen has added yet another free agent signing with the announcement of Jose Mijares, the longtime Minnesota reliever, to the scene.
Mijares joins Jonathan Broxton as the two newest additions to the Royals pen. The move allows the Royals to be creative in potentially transitioning Aaron Crow to the starting rotation or even dealing an arm eventually should the right deal come along. If anything, the Royals will be ready for a subpar starting rotation that will inevitably rely on the bullpen to take over games in the fifth and sixth innings.
“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.”
The market for starting pitching has been overpriced this winter, so it’s nice to see Moore get some solid deals in other places.