Edward Mujica Signs 2-Year Deal with Boston Red Sox

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 26: Reliever Edward Mujica #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on August 26, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Reds 8-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with relief pitcher Edward Mujica on a two-year, $9.5 million contract. The team tweeted out the news on their official Twitter feed Saturday:

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first passed along word of the deal:

Reliever Edward Mujica and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a two-year, $9.5 million deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The deal is pending a physical, which Mujica is taking Thursday.

Mujica spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team the Red Sox defeated to capture their third World Series title since 2004. He didn't pitch in the Fall Classic, however, as struggles late in the regular season severely decreased his role.

The 29-year-old right-hander spent most of the season as St. Louis' closer. He finished the season with solid numbers—2.78 ERA and 37 saves—but he was removed from the ninth-inning role after a dreadful September.

Two of his four blown saves came in the final month of the regular season. More worrisome were his awful 11.05 ERA and unsightly .514 batting average against in the month, which led the Cardinals to go with Trevor Rosenthal as their postseason closer.    

Mujica appeared just twice in the playoffs, giving up one run in two innings.

The Red Sox are betting he'll return to his early-season form in 2014. The fact he was able to finish the season with an ERA below three despite those major issues late in the year illustrates how well he pitched in the first five months.

Mujica will bolster a bullpen that already features Koji Uehara, who was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball last season, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow. It should give Boston one of the most reliable relief corps in the league.

Before joining the Cardinals, Mujica previously pitched for the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.