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Saturday, 07 December 2013 20:16

Deal Official: Boston Red Sox sign reliever Edward Mujica

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

BOSTON—“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. “ That is a slogan that former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica took to heart as he signed a two-year , $ 9.5 million deal with the Boston Red Sox Saturday afternoon.

The deal was originally reported Thursday but became official Saturday after the righty passed his physical.

Acquired from the Florida Marlins on July 31, 2012, he was a tremendous asset for the Cardinals, converting 37 of his 41 save opportunities and notching a 2.78 ERA.

He did suffer a “bump in the road” during the month of September tallying an 11.05 ERA over a span of 10 appearances and losing the closer’s role before the playoffs began.

The 29-year-old made only two appearances during the postseason (once in the Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and once in the League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.)

In total, he has pitched in 381 Major League games for the Indians, Padres, Marlins, and Cardinals.

Mujica joins a team that has a very deep bullpen with Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, and Brandon Workman all returning next season. It will be interesting to see what role Boston uses him in whether it be in a long-reliever spot, alternate setup-man or something completely different. This depth allows the Red Sox to be very versatile in how they use him.

The Local Nine’s relief corps just got even more lethal and bullpen success is a key ingredient for any team if they want to reach postseason glory.