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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.80 1.20 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date5-10-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight225 lbs
Age30 years, 5 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.42010
0.62011
-0.12012
0.72013
0.42014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2006 CLE 22 10 0 18.3 0.0 18.3 0 1 0 0 0 0 78 25 6 6 1 33 0 0 1 12 2.95 2.75 2.79 6.9 0.7
2007 CLE 23 10 0 13.0 0.0 13.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 19 12 12 3 36 2 2 0 7 8.31 5.70 7.01 -1.6 -0.2
2008 CLE 24 33 0 38.7 0.0 38.7 3 2 0 3 0 0 168 46 29 29 5 78 10 7 1 27 6.75 4.30 5.16 3.6 0.4
2009 SDN 25 67 4 93.7 16.7 77.0 3 5 2 1 0 0 393 101 47 41 14 163 19 15 0 76 3.94 3.99 4.13 7.6 0.7
2010 SDN 26 59 0 69.7 0.0 69.7 2 1 0 1 0 0 268 59 29 28 14 115 6 6 0 72 3.62 3.91 4.82 -4.1 -0.4
2011 FLO 27 67 0 76.0 0.0 76.0 9 6 0 5 0 0 297 64 27 25 7 100 14 9 2 63 2.96 3.17 4.02 4.0 0.6
2012 MIA 28 41 0 39.0 0.0 39.0 0 3 2 5 0 0 161 36 21 19 6 61 9 7 1 26 4.38 4.57 5.70 -4.0 -0.4
2012 SLN 28 29 0 26.3 0.0 26.3 0 0 0 2 0 0 97 20 3 3 1 30 3 2 0 21 1.03 2.38 3.70 2.9 0.3
2013 SLN 29 65 0 64.7 0.0 64.7 2 1 37 4 0 0 255 60 20 20 9 101 5 4 1 46 2.78 3.69 3.81 5.8 0.7
2014 BOS 30 64 0 60.0 0.0 60.0 2 4 8 2 0 0 253 69 28 26 6 108 14 12 0 43 3.90 3.73 4.26 3.6 0.4
Career4454499.316.7482.72123492300203049922220966825826463933.773.764.3924.82.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 BNC Rk 14 10 55.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LKC A 26 19 124.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KIN A+ 25 0 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.368 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 AKR AA 27 0 34.3 2.73 137 .252 .269 .336 .418 .263 .373 85 10.5 1.1 10.5 1.1
2006 CLE MLB 10 0 18.3 2.79 148 .270 .275 .332 .420 .253 .375 108 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2006 AKR AA 12 0 19.2 3.80 111 .192 .249 .320 .371 .257 .227 88 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2006 BUF AAA 22 0 32.1 2.26 146 .220 .263 .332 .402 .261 .319 102 11.6 1.1 11.6 1.1
2007 CLE MLB 10 0 13.0 7.01 56 .326 .275 .339 .418 .264 .333 100 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2007 BUF AAA 34 0 37.7 4.65 95 .231 .260 .335 .405 .264 .299 100 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2008 CLE MLB 33 0 38.7 5.16 97 .275 .270 .335 .426 .263 .328 106 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2008 BUF AAA 18 0 26.0 4.21 93 .283 .265 .335 .398 .265 .370 83 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2009 SDN MLB 67 4 93.7 4.13 94 .270 .260 .329 .417 .263 .306 86 5.1 0.5 7.6 0.7
2009 MAG Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 SDN MLB 59 0 69.7 4.82 68 .246 .255 .323 .399 .264 .256 83 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2011 FLO MLB 67 0 76.0 4.02 97 .229 .256 .320 .396 .263 .270 94 3.1 0.3 4.0 0.6
2012 MIA MLB 41 0 39.0 5.70 57 .261 .256 .324 .408 .265 .252 93 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4
2012 SLN MLB 29 0 26.3 3.70 113 .194 .263 .327 .416 .267 .264 98 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2012 JUP A+ 2 2 3.0 3.00 140 .010 .265 .337 .406 .262 .000 106 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2013 SLN MLB 65 0 64.7 3.81 108 .235 .246 .308 .388 .253 .263 103 5.1 0.6 5.8 0.7
2014 BOS MLB 64 0 60.0 4.26 100 .275 .253 .313 .396 .265 .332 102 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2003 BNC Rk 2 6 0 14 10 55.7 57 20 41 3 0% .325 9.2 3.2 0.5 6.6 1.38 4.36 0.0 0.0
2004 LKC A 7 7 2 26 19 124.0 130 32 89 18 0% .293 9.4 2.3 1.3 6.5 1.31 4.65 0.0 0.0
2005 KIN A+ 1 0 14 25 0 26.0 17 2 32 3 0% -.368 5.9 0.7 1.0 11.1 0.73 2.08 0.0 0.0
2005 AKR AA 2 1 10 27 0 34.3 36 5 33 2 54% .373 9.4 1.3 0.5 8.7 1.20 2.89 10.5 1.1
2006 BUF AAA 3 1 5 22 0 32.1 31 5 29 1 38% .319 8.7 1.4 0.3 8.1 1.12 2.52 11.6 1.1
2006 AKR AA 1 0 8 12 0 19.2 11 9 17 0 48% .227 5.2 4.2 0.0 8.0 1.04 0.00 2.3 0.2
2006 CLE MLB 0 1 0 10 0 18.3 25 0 12 1 25% .375 12.3 0.0 0.5 5.9 1.36 2.95 6.9 0.7
2007 BUF AAA 2 1 14 34 0 37.7 35 9 44 4 33% .299 8.4 2.1 1.0 10.5 1.17 5.01 3.7 0.4
2007 CLE MLB 0 0 0 10 0 13.0 19 2 7 3 29% .333 13.2 1.4 2.1 4.8 1.62 8.31 -1.6 -0.2
2008 BUF AAA 0 2 4 18 0 26.0 29 10 27 2 39% .370 10.0 3.5 0.7 9.3 1.50 4.15 1.8 0.2
2008 CLE MLB 3 2 0 33 0 38.7 46 10 27 5 31% .328 10.7 2.3 1.2 6.3 1.45 6.75 3.6 0.4
2009 MAG Wnt 1 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2009 SDN MLB 3 5 2 67 4 93.7 101 19 76 14 40% .306 9.7 1.8 1.3 7.3 1.28 3.94 7.6 0.7
2010 SDN MLB 2 1 0 59 0 69.7 59 6 72 14 45% .256 7.6 0.8 1.8 9.3 0.93 3.62 -4.1 -0.4
2011 FLO MLB 9 6 0 67 0 76.0 64 14 63 7 51% .270 7.6 1.7 0.8 7.5 1.03 2.96 4.0 0.6
2012 SLN MLB 0 0 0 29 0 26.3 20 3 21 1 51% .264 6.8 1.0 0.3 7.2 0.87 1.03 2.9 0.3
2012 JUP A+ 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 0 0 2 0 71% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0.00 0.00 1.1 0.1
2012 MIA MLB 0 3 2 41 0 39.0 36 9 26 6 53% .252 8.3 2.1 1.4 6.0 1.15 4.38 -4.0 -0.4
2013 SLN MLB 2 1 37 65 0 64.7 60 5 46 9 46% .263 8.4 0.7 1.3 6.4 1.01 2.78 5.8 0.7
2014 BOS MLB 2 4 8 64 0 60.0 69 14 43 6 44% .332 10.3 2.1 0.9 6.5 1.38 3.90 3.6 0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 598 0.5769 0.5418 0.8395 0.7449 0.2648 0.8911 0.6418 0.1605
2009 1416 0.5876 0.5156 0.8127 0.6767 0.2791 0.8579 0.6564 0.1873
2010 1018 0.5344 0.5192 0.7254 0.6526 0.3650 0.8282 0.5145 0.2746
2011 1099 0.5341 0.5441 0.7943 0.6882 0.3789 0.8911 0.5928 0.2057
2012 864 0.5498 0.5342 0.8004 0.6716 0.3650 0.8621 0.6620 0.1996
2013 899 0.5239 0.5773 0.7784 0.7049 0.4369 0.8765 0.6043 0.2216
2014 943 0.5578 0.5313 0.8060 0.6844 0.3357 0.8806 0.6143 0.1920
Career68370.55290.53560.79210.68510.34610.86780.61180.2076

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-03 2014-05-09 DTD 6 4 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-08-22 2013-08-24 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-08-16 2013-08-19 DTD 3 3 - General Medical Fatigue - -
2012-06-30 2012-07-18 15-DL 18 14 Right Fracture Little Toe - -
2011-08-16 2011-08-20 DTD 4 4 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2011-06-16 2011-06-21 DTD 5 5 Right Wrist Sprain -
2011-06-12 2011-06-14 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2011-05-10 2011-05-13 DTD 3 2 Left Knee Strain -
2011-04-04 2011-04-05 DTD 1 0 Left Knee Soreness Back -
2009-08-16 2009-08-16 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-09-07 2007-10-22 DTD 45 22 Left Knee Surgery 2007-09-19 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BOS $4,750,000
2014 BOS $4,750,000
2013 SLN $3,200,000
2012 MIA $1,625,000
2011 FLO $800,000
2010 SDN $419,800
2009 SDN $410,000
2008 CLE $391,600
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$6,846,400
2011Current$4,750,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$11,596,400
1 yrFuture$4,750,000
8 yrTotal$16,346,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 115 dOctagon2 years/$9.5M (2014-15)

Details
  • 2 years/$9.5M (2014-15). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/8/13. 14:$4.75M, 15:$4.75M. Performance bonuses: $0.125M each for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 games finished.
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.625M (2012). Re-signed by Miami 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Miami 7/31/12.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2011). Acquired by Florida in trade from San Diego 11/13/10. Signed by Florida 1/17/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4198M (2010). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed 3/9/09 ($0.189M in minors). Acquired by San Diego in trade from Cleveland 4/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3916M (2008). Re-signed 2/28/08 (split contract, $136,700 in minors).
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased 11/05. Re-signed 3/06.
  • Signed 2001 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 3 0 0 76.3 61 9 62 8 .250 0.92 2.49 2.71 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 2 0 0 70.0 60 9 57 8 .264 0.99 2.83 3.08 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 2 0 0 65.5 59 9 53 8 .273 1.04 3.08 3.35 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 2 0 0 61.8 59 8 50 8 .282 1.08 3.30 3.58 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 2 0 0 58.4 57 8 47 8 .290 1.13 3.50 3.8 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 2 0 0 55.0 56 8 45 8 .297 1.17 3.70 4.02 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 2 0 0 51.5 55 8 42 7 .306 1.22 3.92 4.27 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 47.5 53 8 39 7 .315 1.27 4.19 4.55 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 42.1 50 7 34 7 .329 1.36 4.56 4.95 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0020057.8568478.2881.113.473.780.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
34% 55% 20% 11% 86%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015313126206561949843.2721.073.153.428.41.26.71.11.2
2016323115005356941943.2941.234.244.609.61.57.01.50.2
2017332114004247630643.3041.254.144.5010.01.36.41.30.2
2018342114504846736743.2791.113.553.868.71.36.81.30.6
2019351012602730523643.2951.285.015.459.91.67.62.0-0.2
2020362113703941629643.2911.193.854.189.41.46.61.40.4
2021372113303538526643.2951.224.174.539.71.36.61.50.2
2022381112903033621543.2921.294.424.809.81.86.21.50.1
2023391112702931521543.2991.264.414.799.71.66.61.60.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3834.326.118.712.711.6129.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Rod Beck 1999 5.93
2 88 Don Mossi 1959 3.63
3 87 Gabe White 2002 2.98
4 86 Roberto Hernandez 1995 4.68
5 86 Joe Sambito 1982 1.42
6 85 Rollie Fingers 1977 3.20
7 84 Joe Black 1954 11.57
8 84 Robb Nen 2000 2.05
9 83 Lindy McDaniel 1966 3.40
10 83 Dave Schmidt 1987 4.14
11 83 Mike Schooler 1993 6.29
12 83 Steve Howe 1988 0.00 DNP
13 83 John Habyan 1994 3.23
14 83 Gene Garber 1978 2.46
15 82 Hoyt Wilhelm 1953 3.95
16 82 Tom Gorman 1955 3.99
17 82 Jeff Montgomery 1992 2.50
18 82 Willie Hernandez 1985 3.38
19 81 Rick Aguilera 1992 3.78
20 81 Danny Patterson 2001 3.34
21 81 Dave Veres 1997 4.06
22 81 Mark Lowe 2013 9.26
23 81 Rich Monteleone 1993 5.46
24 81 Rafael Betancourt 2005 3.06
25 81 Steve Karsay 2002 3.46
26 80 Kerry Ligtenberg 2001 3.32
27 80 Don Elston 1959 3.69
28 80 Lee Smith 1988 3.76
29 80 Dan Wheeler 2008 3.39
30 80 Dave Borkowski 2007 5.78
31 79 Dan Plesac 1992 3.19
32 79 Julio Mateo 2008 0.00 DNP
33 79 De Wayne Buice 1988 6.31
34 79 Chuck Cary 1990 4.42
35 79 Paul Assenmacher 1991 3.68
36 79 Mark Eichhorn 1991 2.42
37 79 Darren Holmes 1996 4.91
38 79 Gil Heredia 1996 6.26
39 79 Greg McMichael 1997 3.59
40 79 Bruce Sutter 1983 4.53
41 78 Xavier Hernandez 1996 5.19
42 78 Jim Poole 1996 3.93
43 78 Jay Ritchie 1967 3.79
44 78 Bryn Smith 1986 4.85
45 78 Jeff Reardon 1986 4.35
46 78 Gene Nelson 1991 7.40
47 78 Dyar Miller 1976 3.15
48 78 Jon Rauch 2009 3.86
49 78 John Wetteland 1997 2.49
50 78 Justin Speier 2004 4.17
51 78 Jay Howell 1986 3.88
52 78 Al Holland 1983 2.55
53 78 Trevor Hoffman 1998 1.60
54 78 Ryan Madson 2011 2.37
55 78 Juan Oviedo 2012 0.00 DNP
56 78 Ryan Franklin 2003 3.95
57 78 Ken Dayley 1989 3.11
58 77 Scott Sullivan 2001 3.83
59 77 Bill Campbell 1979 4.61
60 77 Scott Linebrink 2007 4.22
61 77 Windy McCall 1956 3.19
62 77 Todd Coffey 2011 3.77
63 77 Mike Stanton 1983 3.60
64 77 Oscar Zamora 1975 5.45 DNP
65 77 Lou Pote 2002 3.40
66 77 Mike Jackson 1995 2.39
67 77 Donn Pall 1992 5.30
68 76 Ugueth Urbina 2004 4.67
69 76 Scott Radinsky 1998 3.36
70 76 Doug Corbett 1983 5.19
71 76 John Henry Johnson 1987 10.25
72 76 Todd Worrell 1990 0.00 DNP
73 76 Justin Duchscherer 2008 2.86
74 76 Bill Risley 1997 8.31
75 76 Alejandro Pena 1989 2.49
76 76 Gary Lucas 1985 3.86
77 76 Ricardo Rincon 2000 3.15
78 76 Mark Huismann 1988 5.06
79 76 Bob Locker 1968 2.59
80 76 Larry Jansen 1951 3.06
81 76 Rob Murphy 1990 7.42
82 76 Steve Hamilton 1965 1.85
83 75 Sonny Siebert 1967 2.87
84 75 Hank Aguirre 1961 3.58
85 75 Jose Cabrera 2002 7.32
86 75 Jorge Julio 2009 8.83
87 75 Mike Fornieles 1962 6.23 DNP
88 75 Kiko Calero 2005 3.23
89 75 Enrique Romo 1978 3.86
90 75 Chris Ray 2012 0.00 DNP
91 75 Paul Shuey 2001 4.14
92 75 Curtis Leskanic 1998 4.40
93 75 La Marr Hoyt 1985 3.64
94 75 Chad Gaudin 2013 3.15
95 75 Don Newcombe 1956 3.39
96 75 Cris Carpenter 1995 0.00 DNP
97 75 Andy McGaffigan 1987 2.77
98 75 T.J. Mathews 2000 6.03
99 75 Turk Farrell 1964 3.63
100 74 Kent Tekulve 1977 3.58

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .235 .255 .402 .227
11 vs R (Multi) .245 .277 .400 .237
18 Split (Multi) -.010 -.022 .002 -.010
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .232 .239 .420 .228
31 vs R (2013) .256 .281 .406 .236
38 Split (2013) -.023 -.042 .014 -.008
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Mujica came to St. Louis at the deadline in exchange for fading prospect Zach Cox, and the former Indian, Padre, and Marlin did yeoman’s work solidifying the Cardinals pen down the stretch. The veteran righty has tremendous command of his low-90s fastball, harbors an admirable aversion to ball four, and has cured his chronic troubles with lefty batters through liberal application of the splitter. What made him especially valuable to the Cardinals last year was his ability to keep the ball in the park, but that won’t last—he has averaged more than a home run per nine innings in all but one season, mostly pitching in the sprawling fields of San Diego and Miami. Still, he’s a reasonably solid seventh-inning arm until someone better and/or cheaper comes along.
2012 Mujica's career as a Marlin got off to a rough start when he allowed seven runs in April, but he recovered quickly, posting sub-three ERAs in each subsequent month, and ended the year as the bullpen leader in innings pitched, holds, WHIP, and on-base percentage allowed. Mujica's nine wins were the third-most earned by a Marlins pitcher last year, and the result of frequent utilization in high-leverage situations.
2011 Mujica is a polarizing reliever, and the fact that he was dealt to Florida in the Maybin trade suggests which side of the debate the Padres are on. He is dominant in terms of controlling the strike zone, with 8.2 strikeouts per nine against 1.4 walks per nine in his Padre career—his 2010 K/BB ratio was 12.0 as a result of his allowing only six free passes in nearly 70 innings. On the other side of the fence—literally—you have Mujica's serious problem with the long ball. During the 2009-2010 seasons, Mujica was the only pitcher with more homers allowed than unintentional walks and at least 163 1/3 innings pitched (his total over that stretch). He almost never pitches inside, relying on the outside part of the plate and his excellent control to get by, but that tendency allows hitters to cheat and keeps Mujica a fungible middle reliever who no longer has the advantage of Petco's generous dimensions on his side.
2010 Mujica was acquired from the Indians in a trade during the latter stages of spring training; he was coming off of two awful seasons with the Tribe in which he'd been hampered by knee problems. Left alone in a role-less role where he was just asked to give the club relief innings, he delivered, relying on a good fastball he balances against a solid split-finger pitch that induces a lot of swings and misses from right-handed batters. It's an arsenal good enough to make him an effective middle or set-up reliever, although a season-ending experiment with starting lets them ponder that alternative in case the come up short in the rotation.
2009 Mujica contributed more to the Tribe's bullpen flame-out than all others except Borowski, giving up four or more runs in an inning or less on four different occasions. Wedge actually got desperate enough to try him in the closer role in early August—Mujica was handed a 7-4 lead against the Rays, and promptly allowed the first three batters he faced to score. Always vulnerable against lefties, last year his power fastball/splitter combo was thumped by righties as well, and he kept getting hammered in his native Venezuela after the season.
2008 Yet another power arm with a fastball/slider combination, Mujica has everything it takes to be in the majors with one exception-the ability to retire lefties. At Triple-A Buffalo last year, left-handers hit .304/.367/.522 off the Venezuelan, while righties could only manage a meager .194/.216/.264. This is the danger with pitchers who have a low-three-quarters delivery-opposite-handed hitters just see the ball too early and too well. Insert requisite Chad Bradford reference here.
2007 Yet another young arm that got a look in the major league pen in 2006, the Venezuelan has thrived since a move to the bullpen in late 2004. The secret of his success is his excellent command of a solid fastball/slider combination, as evidenced by the zero free passes he handed out to the 78 big league hitters he faced. If anything, he might throw a few too many strikes, which makes him hittable. He`s definitely a prospect, although slightly behind some others in the Indians` pecking order. And remember, when you hear `Strike three!` the hills are alive with the sound of Mujica.

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2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)I've been getting crushed by injuries early. I'm in a 15 team mixed where my only healthy closer left is Latroy Hawkins, yeah I know. There are no closers on waivers and most of the really good closers in waiting are taken. I'm looking at names like A.J Ramos, Jake McGee and Edward Mujica. If you're speculating on future saves are there any under the radar options that people might not be that familiar with? Thanks.
(KcDozer from Florida)
Starting to think there are no healthy relievers left. I would say Cody Allen but Bret Sayre has blown him up already. Daniel Webb on the White Sox should get a look if Matt Lindstrom fails in Nate Jones’ absence. Jeurys Familia has his issues and isn’t exactly holding it down this year but he still throws hard and has a slider which is the requisite closer starting kit. Dellin Betances can get a look, there are a few names out there. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Name a handful of under the radar potential save stealers for 2014?
(Sam from NY)
Cody Allen, Carter Capps, Edward Mujica, Tyler Clippard, Joe Smith (Ben Carsley)
2013-12-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What will Brandon Workman do now that the Red Sox have signed Edward Mujica and traded for Burke Badenhop?
(Paul from Boston)
That's tough because No. 6 starter seems like a good plan for him, but if Dempster is 5 and Doubront is 6...

They have so much starting pitching that I could see a trade at some point. There are guys who would have more value to other teams than they have to the Red Sox. (Zachary Levine)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike. Why hasn't Shelby Miller pitched this off-season? Obviously Mike Matheny has lots of options at his disposal but is there something specific going on with Miller such as a hidden injury or an attitude problem?
(mmcduffe from Ottawa)
I don't have the answer, but I've heard a few theories. One theory is that Miller is gassed, and his 12% strikeout rate in September is a sign of this. Miller has become the in-case-of-emergency-break glass guy. Matheny's use of his pen has been a bit of a mystery to me. I get that he has Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal as a very strong 1-2 punch, but there have been games where he seems to be going to the well with lesser relievers. Miller and Edward Mujica don't seem to belong on the roster, and Matheny's non-usage of them is a little odd. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like there are a number of older "proven closers" on the free agent market with only a handful of opportunities out there- Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Edward Mujica not to mention the injury reclamation projects like Brian Wilson, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan. With the success that the Cardinals had moving Edward Mujica back two innings and then doing the same with Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez in the playoffs, are the days of spending big on closers finally over? Does a team like the Cubs with no great in house solution and a smart front office take advantage of the oversaturated market or pass on all those guys?
(Scott from LA)
We'll continue to see a wide variety of approaches to how teams handle the late innings. On the one hand there is certainly something to the idea that there are people who can close and people who can't. But you'd be hard pressed to get a closer enough innings in a season to justify paying big for them (unless, like the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, etc. you simply have the money to spend). St. Louis has such a glut of arms they have no reason to go outside the org, but for many teams there simply aren't good reasons to limit a young, high ceiling arm to a closer role. I imagine the Cubs will look for a reasonably priced arm that they think can handle the job, rather than committing more money over multiple years. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Some non-closer this year that are good bets to earn 20+ saves next year are _____?
(Joanah from Redwood)
Hi Joanah.

No non-closer is ever a good bet to earn 20+ saves. If you had Kevin Gregg with 30 saves this year, raise your hand. Not so fast, every single one of you.

But if you're asking for names, I like Cody Allen in Cleveland, Ryan Cook in Oakland, and Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis if he stays in the bullpen. All three are risks, but that's the nature of a question like this; these are all guesses at this point. I think the Indians will non-tender Perez, but maybe they sign him for $9-10 million. Grant Balfour probably leaves for free agency, but maybe he doesn't. Edward Mujica probably leaves, but maybe the Cardinals keep him or maybe Jason Motte is healthy and gets the role back. I used to shy away from the skills over roles thing, but now I believe it. If you grabbed Rosenthal in your fantasy league this year, you probably were very satisfied with the overall numbers (and especially the strikeouts) even though he never wound up closing. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Mike. If you're the Angels and you're looking to rebuild the pen, which free agent relievers would you target? Would Balfour or Mujica be potential targets, and which would you prefer?
(Dennis from LA)
Hi Dennis:

Thanks! Glad to hear it.

I'm not a fan of adding free agent relievers if it can be avoided, but if the Angels are going to go this route, I think I'd prefer Edward Mujica over Grant Balfour. He's a little younger, and the HR/FB risk is mitigated in that park. Balfour would probably be fine too, but I feel like he dodged more than a few bullets this year and might not be so lucky in 2013, especially since he'd have to face the A's now. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you like me, when you see Edward Mujica you want to pronounce his last name like "Maan-teca!"?
(Chad from Illinois)
Like this one (Sam Miller)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mujica is good enough to grab the Cards closer role and keep it the whole year?
(nubber from tx)
I haven't seen Edward Mujica pitch much since he left San Diego. When he was here, he didn't pitch inside at all, which would seem to be problematic for a closer. He has good stuff and good control, but unless his approach his changed, I wouldn't feel real comfortable with him in that role. (Geoff Young)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)i'm assuming you dont think the padre bullpen will have anything like a repeat performance, right?
(nicety from ca)
It's probably hard to believe without accusing me of being a biased fanboy about it, but I see them performing pretty close to that level. Here's the thing--Bell/Adams/Gregerson are all legitimately excellent pitchers, and the kind of guys who can replicate their success from year-to-year. Edward Mujica was unlucky in 2010, and is much better than his ERA indicates--have a look at his K/BB ratio of 12.0 for proof of that. Ernesto Frieri is a young pitcher with some promise who did well in his first stint in the bigs, and I expect him to be a bit better. Joe Thatcher should be there all season long in 2011. Ryan Webb has some upside and is the last option in the pen. This is a collection of fantastic pitchers who, if they are all together again, can perform just as well.

Will they *definitely* repeat? I'm not saying that. But if you asked me to pick one pen that could replicate its previous season, my money would be on the one in San Diego. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Care to gush about how studly the Pads' bullpen is? They remind me of the stacked Angels pen of ought-two.
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
Well, the other night was a great example. They used four relievers--Ernesto Frieri, Joe Thatcher, Edward Mujica and Tim Stauffer--for three scoreless innings of relief. None of those three relievers are the key pieces in the bullpen (Heath Bell, Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson). Their "worst" reliever by ERA is Mujica, who has a K/BB of 11.6 thanks to 58 strikeouts and just five walks. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)D'oh! Addendum: Care to expand on your praise of Heath Bell, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson, and add lauds and exultates for Joe Thatcher and Edward Mujica?
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
Joe Thatcher missed the beginning of the season, but in the 27 1/3 innings since he's returned, he's held lefties to a line of .149/.212/.255. Mujica is a beast in the K/BB department as I said. He's given up some homers but seems to have that little problem under control lately, and is flat out dominant at times despite being a back-end option.

Bell walks some hitters sometimes, but most of the hits against him are dinky singles, and he can bring it and whiffs plenty of batters. The only closer I trust more than Bell is Mariano Rivera. Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams would be closing for most of the other teams in baseball--even when Gregerson walks batters he's an ace reliever, but this year he's got the walks under control. This is not a Petco bullpen, this is a pen full of really, really good pitchers. (Marc Normandin)


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Edward Mujica has thrown 6,979 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Splitter (87mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph) and Sinker (92mph).