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Giants acquire Jose Mijares from Royals via waivers

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - JULY 06: Jose Mijares #50 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the sixth inning during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 6, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 4-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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San Francisco has added some bullpen help for the stretch run by claiming left-hander Jose Mijares off waivers from Kansas City.

Mijares signed a one-year deal with the Royals after being non-tendered by the Twins this offseason and has pitched well with a 2.56 ERA and 37/13 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

By not pulling him back off waivers and allowing the Giants to assume his contract the Royals only save about $350,000, so it’s a bit of an odd move considering how effective Mijares has been for most of the season. Why give him away for nothing?

And the highlight of Mijares’ season was undoubtedly sharing a hotel elevator with me while the Royals were in Minnesota during the SABR convention.