Days Of Future Past: Edward Mujica

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Edward Mujica On The Trading Block?

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Like every other team in Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians employ numerous players throughout their organization, from the big-league club in Cleveland to their rookie league team in Arizona and beyond.

And like every other Major League franchise, the Indians add and subtract from this player pool on a regular basis.

This irregular series will serve to post notice when a former Indians player has done something noteworthy with a quick look back at the player’s time in Cleveland.

Player: Edwin Mujica

Why He’s In The News:

The Boston Red Sox signed Alex Ogand0 to a one-year contract worth $1.5MM that includes up to $1.5MM in incentives. With Ogando in the fold the it was been reported by Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com that the Red Sox may be willing to trade Edward Mujica in order “to help free up space in a crowded bullpen.” Mastrodonato adds, “Mujica, 30, is owed $4.75 million in 2015, the last year of his contract. He posted a 3.90 ERA and was inconsistent out of the Red Sox’s bullpen in 2014.”

Years With The Indians:  Signed as an international free agent out from Venezuela in 2001. Played parts of six seasons in the Indians minor league system (2003 through 2008) and spent parts of three seasons shuttling up and down between the Tribe and their Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.

How/Why Departed: 

Between 2006-2008 he appeared in 53 games with the Indians posting a 3-3 record with an ERA of 6.04 (47 ER/70 IP) while striking out 5.9 batters per nine innings and walking 1.9 hitters per nine.

He entered spring training in 2009 out of options and requested that if he did not make the club out of spring training that the Indians trade him rather than place him on waivers.

After posting an 0-2 record with a 8.10 ERA he didn’t make the 25-man roster.  The Indians were true to their word (Cleveland.com) and sent the erratic reliever to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

After Leaving:

He spent two seasons with the San Diego Padres where he established himself as a dependable reliever working in 126 games (163.1 IP). After the 2010 season he was traded to the Miami Marlins along with Ryan Webb in exchange for outfielder Cameron Maybin. At the trade deadline in 2012 he was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for Zack Cox.  He filed for free agency after the 2013 seasons and inked a two-year contract with the Boston Red Sox due $9.5MM.

Interesting note: According to Chris Cotillo (Link) the Los Angeles Angels made the same 3-year/$15.75MM offer to Joe Smith and Mujica and the offer would go to whoever accepted it first.

His Future/Reunion Possible?

With the addition of Ogando the Red Sox bullpen will include Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Robbie Ross Jr.,and Anthony Vavaro,

Joining Mujica in competition for the final bullpen spot will be Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, Edwin Escobar, Tommy Layne, Drake Britton, Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and Zeke Sprull.

Whether Mujica stays with the Red Sox or is traded it is highly unlikely that the Indians will be a landing spot.

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