Jose Mijares has opted out of his deal with the Red Sox, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Mijares signed a minor league deal with Boston in late January.
As MLBTR reported at the time of the signing, Mijares' deal included an March opt out clause that he could trigger if he did not like his prospects in Boston. Had things worked out, the 29-year-old would have earned $1MM on the major league roster with another possible $1MM tied to games pitched.
Mijares spent last season with the Giants and even though his 4.22 ERA in 49 innings was the second-highest of his career, his rate statistics (9.9 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9) were strong. Unfortunately, the left-hander suffered from a staggering .410 BABIP, the highest mark in all of baseball among pitchers with at least 40 innings. Advanced metrics like FIP (3.05), xFIP (3.90), and SIERA (3.45) indicated that Mijares outperformed his ERA last year.
Another guy who will be unemployed for about the time it takes for him to clean out his locker …
Sad to see LHP relief depth go, but Sox have better major league options for that role, and Mijares can probably find a more MLB-likely job elsewhere.
Yeah, was hoping he’d accept a minor league assignment. Can’t blame him for wanting to find a job on a major league roster though. With Miller struggling and Breslow likley starting on the DL, Layne or Britton might have to step up in the LOGGY role
really hope the Astros make a run at him. he’d be a great add to our bullpen, who could then be flipped for a prospect around the trade deadline
Wouldn’t put much hope in getting something for him at the trade deadline. He was having one of his better seasons with the Royals, and they ended up waiving him after no one would give anything up for him. Giants beat writers described him as “strange”. Something about the guy makes him less desirable than a lefty with his track record usually is.
Reds should make a run at him, with Marshall, Broxton, and Chapman set to begin the season on the DL. He would be a very good fit.
Matthew Gregory Proudfit
I totally agree.
White Sox…Downs and Mijares (possibly Veal) as the lefties in the pen. There is even room on the 40-man for him now.