Aug 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. the St. Louis Cardinals won 13-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Sign Edward Mujica To Two-Year Deal


Today, with their second move in the last three days, the Red Sox signed relief pitcher Edward Mujica to a two-year contract. Mujica has spent parts of the last two seasons in St. Louis and has really seen his career flourish there, as he has posted a 2.27 ERA over the past one-and-a-half or so seasons with the Cardinals. On a 2 year/$9.5 million contract, the Red Sox seemed to have really gotten a bargain with Mujica, who should be a reliable and generally solid bullpen arm in Boston.

After injuries and ineffectiveness with incumbent closer Jason Motte and his replacement Mitchell Boggs, Mujica– acquired from Miami at the 2012 trade deadline– was thrust into the closer role. Mujica’s success as a setup man translated directly into the closer role, as he put together a fine season, showcasing a 2.78 ERA (with slightly worse but still impressive 3.71 FIP and 3.53 xFIP marks) and a remarkable 9.20 K/BB ratio, brought upon by his incredibly stingy 0.70 BB/9.

Mujica will join a core of control-oriented relievers as between himself, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Burke Badenhop, the Red Sox now have last year’s #1, #3, #8, and #13 ranked relievers in BB/9. Adding Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow to the mix, the Red Sox now have an excellent front six members to their bullpen, featuring two former closers (three if Andrew Bailey comes back healthy).

Mujica looks like an excellent pickup and even if he does regress, a likely scenario moving from Busch Stadium to Fenway Park, he should be a decent setup man or excellent middle relief option. For the money, that’s a bargain either way. Mujica did have some groin issues last season, but they appeared minor and if he is back healthy, then the Red Sox have made a hell of a deal.

 

 

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  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    you do know the sox did not tender Bailey a contract, despite your column stating they had…so take him off the board

    • Conor Duffy

      Sorry. My mistake there. MLB Trade Rumors misled me, but there’s still a good chance that they bring him back for cheap.

      • Michael Macaulay-Birks

        I’m 100% with you on a less expensive contract (2/2.5 million or so). The kid has had a string of bad luck health wise, and I still see untapped upside. I’d sign him, nurse him back to health and continue his development… if he succeeds, at worst we have a nice trade chip in the future. (I was just razzing you about the premature signing news)

        • Conor Duffy

          Yeah yeah yeah. Again, MLB Trade Rumors said that they had chosen to tender him. I don’t know what was up with that.

  • Moveguy

    Just a heads up Mujica was really, really bad the last 6 weeks of the season last year. That is why Rosenthal started closing was because Mujica was getting pounded at the end.

    • Conor Duffy

      Mujica was also dealing with some groin issues at that time. I’m confident that he’ll come back healthy for 2014, and at the price the Sox signed him at, he doesn’t have to be the pitcher he was in St. Louis.

    • Rick M

      Same with Hanrahan in his last six weeks in Pittsburgh. Wonder how that worked out?

      Anyways, I love what Sox have done with pitching moves. Not sexy but they are building a very solid ‘pen with much flexibility and depth. And guys that have great K/BB stats.

      • Moveguy

        Rick a big part of the issue was that Mujica lost his control and started walking guys and he only has two pitches and if his second pitch is not being thrown for strikes guys were sitting on his low 90s fastball and whacking it. I know his numbers looks good from last year, just giving you a heads up for what really happened. He could go back to his May to August performance as well. For the money you got him for, not a big deal if he still struggles some. Not like he is making Pappelbon type money.

        • Rick M

          I had heard that from some Cards fans/observers and heard the same about Hanrahan and that just fell apart. Those September numbers were quite “impressive” for Mujica.

          My feeling is he’s just some more bullpen fodder and you can’t have enough. If Koji falls apart he could be in the mix. Sox do have a real mixed, as do most teams, track record in bullpen signings. I was actually surprised Sox made a move on him after Badenhop. Wonder if a move on Tazawa is in the works?