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Updated: December 12th, 2011 5:41pm
Jose Mijares non-tendered, likely ending his Twins tenure

Jose Mijares non-tendered, likely ending his Twins tenure

by Phil Mackey
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Jose Mijares once projected as perhaps one of the mainstays in the Minnesota Twins' bullpen for years to come.

Not anymore.

The left-handed reliever was non-tendered by the Twins prior to Monday night's deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

Mijares, 27, earned $445,000 in 2011, and his salary likely would have jumped up toward $750,000 for 2012 via arbitration. He posted a 4.59 ERA last season with 30 strikeouts and 30 walks in 49 innings, and he has dealt with a number of injury issues during his three-plus years with the Twins.

Mijares showed potential, posting a 2.49 ERA with 88 strikeouts and only 32 walks issued over 104 2/3 innings from 2008-2010. But a plethora of injury issues over the past two years -- including meniscus surgery and two elbow strains -- helped lead to a decline in performance last season.

The Twins' other arbitration-eligible players are Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins and Alexi Casilla. Kevin Slowey was also eligible for arbitration, but he was traded to the Colorado Rockies last week.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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