Aug 24, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) throws to a Atlanta Braves batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Atlanta 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Edward Mujica, Red Sox agree to 2-year deal


It has been announced on Saturday that the Red Sox and relief pitcher Edward Mujica have greed to a 2-year deal worth a reported $9.5 million.

From ESPN Boston,

The 29-year-old Mujica was the closer for a time with the St. Louis Cardinals this past season but lost the job in September and was not a factor in the postseason, making just two appearances.

Over his eight-year career, which has spanned four teams, Mujica has struck out 350 and has walked just 68 in 381 innings.

Mujica joins a strong Red Sox bullpen that’s already in good shape at closer (Koji Uehara) and in setup roles (Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow), though he could join the late-innings mix.

Last season, Mujica had an ERA of 2.78, with 37 saves and 46 strike outs. He had a productive season which helped the St. Louis Cardinals reach the playoffs in the first place, albeit Mujica didn’t really have a postseason presence.

How will Mujica’s signing help the Red Sox bullpen? Will he be able to help the team remain as World Series contenders?

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  • Joe Kidd

    Mujica is a big-time strike-thrower still shy of his thirtieth birthday who has posted an ERA of 3.03 or lower in each of the last three seasons and who adds depth. In other words, the signing is sensible. What the Red Sox learned last season was the value of bullpen depth. Their top two closers (Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey) went down, as did their leading left-handed setup man (Andrew Miller), but due to depth, Boston’s bullpen still proved to be a strong point.