Sox sign reliever Mujica

Sox sign reliever Mujica
December 5, 2013, 1:00 pm
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An already deep Red Sox bullpen got deeper still Thursday with the signing of free agent righthanded reliever Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million deal.
     
Mujica, 29, pitched for St. Louis the last two seasons and notched 37 saves in 2013 while compiling a 2.75 ERA. But he fell out of favor with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny in September and saw the closer's job taken over by Trevor Rosenthal.
     
Mujica was on the Cardinals' post-season roster, oddly enough, appeared in just two games in the post-season and didn't pitch at all in the World Series.
     
The Sox intend to have Koji Uehara as their primary closer in 2014, but Mujica provides some insurance at the position and could be in line to take over as closer in 2015. Uehara can be a free agent after the 2014 season, at which time he'll be 39 years old.
     
Mujica can be seen as a replacement for Andrew Bailey, who began last year as the team's primary righthanded set-up man, but faltered with poor performance and, eventually, went down for the year with season-ending shoulder surgery.
     
Bailey was eligible for salary arbitration this winter, but was non-tendered earlier this week.
     
Mujica has pitched for Cleveland, San Diego, Miami and St. Louis in an eight-year major league career. He boasts impeccable control, issuing just five walks in 64 2/3 innings this past season when he had a WHIP of 1.005. For his career, he's averaged just 1.7 walks per nine innings.
     
He relies mostly on his fastball -- which he throws in the low- to mid-90s - and a splitter as his main pitches.
     
Mujica joins a bullpen that features Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow.
     
Jeff Passon of Yahoo!Sports was the first to report the signing.