Merloni on Sox signing Mujica: 'They needed this'

Merloni on Sox signing Mujica: 'They needed this'
December 5, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Red Sox added some bullpen depth Thursday by agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million deal with former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica.

CSNNE baseball analyst Lou Merloni likes the move.

"It's needed," Merloni said on "SportsNet Central," "It's closer insurance."

Mujica was 35-for-37 in save opporturnities for the Cards before a groin injury in september led to him losing his job to Trevor Rosenthal. Merloni said that with Mujica healthy, it could help lighten the workload for Koji Uehara, 39, the Sox closer who pitched a career high 88 innings last season.

"They needed this," Merloni said. "Listen, Uehara was outstanding last season but 88 innings, that's a lot of innings for him."

As for other moves the Sox need to make, Merloni said the left side of the infield needs to be settled.

"We need to find out what's going on with [free agent shortstop] Stephen Drew. Or find someone in here to play shortstop for a year or third base for a year," Merloni said. "The idea of Xander Bogaerts AND Will Middlebrooks on the left side of the infield? I think they need to address that."