Royals sign Twins castoff Jose Mijares for $925,000

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Non-tendered by the Twins last week, Jose Mijares has quickly found a new home in the AL Central.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the 27-year-old reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals, who plan to use him as a left-handed specialist.

Mijares had a terrible 2011 season, walking 30 batters in 49 innings, but was very effective in the previous three years and has a 3.16 ERA in 154 career innings.

Minnesota soured on Mijares to the point that they cut him loose rather than pay what would’ve been a modest $750,000 or so salary via arbitration, but it’s not surprising that he almost immediately landed another big-league contract.

UPDATE: Mijares’ deal is worth $925,000, so he actually ended up with a raise.