Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox have boosted their bullpen with the signing of right-handed reliever Edward Mujica to two-year, $9.5 million deal, pending a physical.
Mujica joins a Boston bullpen that has closer Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Brandon Workman.
The 29-year-old Mujica has pitched in 381 Major League games for the Indians, Padres, Marlins and Cardinals, going 19-19 with a 3.75 ERA.
Mujica flourished for most of his tenure with the Cardinals after he was acquired from the Marlins in 2012.
Mujica was promoted to the closer’s role by St. Louis last season, when he converted 37 of his 41 save opportunities and posted a 2.78 ERA.
However, Mujica suffered pain in his upper back/shoulder area, affecting his performance in September when he posted an 11.05 ERA over 10 outings. He eventually lost his closer’s role to Trevor Rosenthal and was used twice in October as the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
There was speculation that fatigue and injuries had more to do with Mujica’s struggles than anything else. He converted his first 21 save opportunities before blowing his first on July 4.