There’s no such things as too much pitching and the Boston Red Sox added another arm into the mix, signing Jose Mijares to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal, with MLBTR’s Zach Links later adding that he’ll earn $1 Million if he’s able to win a spot on the roster out of Spring Training.
Mijares does have an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of March if he isn’t going to break camp with the team.
The 29 year old left-hander spent the early part of his career with the Minnesota Twins before bouncing through the Kansas City Royals to the San Francisco Giants, with whom he spent the 2013 season. In 60 appearances for the Giants he posted a 4.22 ERA, 1.776 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 over 49.0 IP. He’s got solid splits against left-handed batters in his career, holding them to a .225/.288/.335 in over 500 plate appearances.
Boston is likely already set in the bullpen from the left side – with Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller both projected to be on the active roster and Drake Britton along as another option – but there can never be enough depth during Spring Training barring an injury. It’s not uncommon for teams to renegotiate opt-out clause dates at a later date to keep a player within the organization longer, which could potentially be an option unless it appears Mijares has more appealing options elsewhere.