One lefty reliever in, one lefty reliever out.
The San Francisco Giants on Tuesday released left-hander Jose Mijares to clear space on the 40-man roster for lefty Javier Lopez, who finalized his three-year, $13 million free-agent deal on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Mijares was solid down the stretch for the Giants in 2012 after he was acquired from the Kansas City Royals off waivers, going 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.245 WHIP in 17.2 innings and 27 appearances as a situational reliever, with 20 strikeouts.
But he struggled to regain that form in 2013. Mijares was 0-3 with an ERA of 4.22 and an unsightly 1.776 WHIP in 49 innings over 60 appearances, while posting 54 strikeouts.
Mijares made $1.8 million in 2013 and as an arbitration-eligible player, the 29-year-old would have likely gotten $2 million or more next season.
He could still come back to the Giants on a minor-league deal with a spring training invitation, but the Giants may look in another direction for lefty relief, with some in the organization thinking the future of Mike Kickham is in the bullpen.