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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
58.0 4.17 1.16 43 3 1 0 0.2
Birth Date5-10-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age32 years, 1 months, 18 days
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0.22014
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2006 CLE MLB 10 0 18.3 25 0 12 1 .253 108 12.3 0.0 0.5 5.9 25% .375 .270 1.36 2.75 2.95 94 4.67 0.2
2007 CLE MLB 10 0 13.0 19 2 7 3 .264 100 13.2 1.4 2.1 4.8 29% .333 .326 1.62 5.70 8.31 0 0.00 0.0
2008 CLE MLB 33 0 38.7 46 10 27 5 .263 106 10.7 2.3 1.2 6.3 31% .328 .275 1.45 4.30 6.75 99 3.74 0.7
2009 SDN MLB 67 4 93.7 101 19 76 14 .263 86 9.7 1.8 1.3 7.3 40% .306 .270 1.28 3.99 3.94 92 3.83 1.5
2010 SDN MLB 59 0 69.7 59 6 72 14 .264 83 7.6 0.8 1.8 9.3 45% .256 .246 0.93 3.91 3.62 89 3.35 1.2
2011 FLO MLB 67 0 76.0 64 14 63 7 .263 94 7.6 1.7 0.8 7.5 51% .270 .229 1.03 3.17 2.96 85 3.48 1.1
2012 MIA 0 41 0 39.0 36 9 26 6 .265 93 8.3 2.1 1.4 6.0 53% .252 .261 1.15 4.57 4.38 0 0.00 0.0
2012 SLN 0 29 0 26.3 20 3 21 1 .267 98 6.8 1.0 0.3 7.2 51% .264 .194 0.87 2.38 1.03 0 0.00 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 65 0 64.7 60 5 46 9 .253 103 8.4 0.7 1.3 6.4 46% .263 .235 1.01 3.69 2.78 104 3.69 0.7
2014 BOS MLB 64 0 60.0 69 14 43 6 .265 102 10.3 2.1 0.9 6.5 44% .332 .275 1.38 3.73 3.90 104 4.26 0.2
2015 BOS 0 11 0 13.7 15 3 8 3 .259 114 9.9 2.0 2.0 5.3 55% .293 .266 1.32 5.67 4.61 0 0.00 0.0
2015 OAK 0 38 0 33.7 37 4 22 7 .259 97 9.9 1.1 1.9 5.9 46% .286 .278 1.22 4.86 4.81 0 0.00 0.0
2012 TOT MLB 70 0 65.3 56 12 47 7 .266 95 7.7 1.7 1.0 6.5 52% .257 .236 1.04 3.69 3.03 97 4.37 0.3
2015 TOT MLB 49 0 47.3 52 7 30 10 .259 102 9.9 1.3 1.9 5.7 48% .288 .275 1.25 5.09 4.75 112 5.53 -0.5
CareerMLB4944546.75518942376.262959.11.51.37.044%.292.2571.173.883.85943.895.5

Statistics for All Levels

'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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2003 BNC Rk 14 10 55.7 57 20 41 3 .000 9.2 3.2 0.5 6.6 0% .325 .000 1.38 3.89 4.36
2004 LKC A 26 19 124.0 130 32 89 18 .000 9.4 2.3 1.3 6.5 0% .293 .000 1.31 5.01 4.65
2005 KIN A+ 25 0 26.0 17 2 32 3 .228 97 5.9 0.7 1.0 11.1 0% .000 -.006 0.73 2.71 2.08
2005 AKR AA 27 0 34.3 36 5 33 2 .254 87 9.4 1.3 0.5 8.7 45% .337 .250 1.20 2.43 2.89
2006 CLE MLB 10 0 18.3 25 0 12 1 .253 108 12.3 0.0 0.5 5.9 25% .375 .270 1.36 2.75 2.95
2006 AKR AA 12 0 19.2 11 9 17 0 .257 88 5.2 4.2 0.0 8.0 48% .227 .192 1.04 2.87 0.00
2006 BUF AAA 22 0 32.1 31 5 29 1 .261 102 8.7 1.4 0.3 8.1 38% .319 .220 1.12 2.24 2.52
2007 CLE MLB 10 0 13.0 19 2 7 3 .264 100 13.2 1.4 2.1 4.8 29% .333 .326 1.62 5.70 8.31
2007 BUF AAA 34 0 37.7 35 9 44 4 .264 100 8.4 2.1 1.0 10.5 33% .299 .231 1.17 3.02 5.01
2008 CLE MLB 33 0 38.7 46 10 27 5 .263 106 10.7 2.3 1.2 6.3 31% .328 .275 1.45 4.30 6.75
2008 BUF AAA 18 0 26.0 29 10 27 2 .265 83 10.0 3.5 0.7 9.3 39% .370 .283 1.50 3.52 4.15
2009 SDN MLB 67 4 93.7 101 19 76 14 .263 86 9.7 1.8 1.3 7.3 40% .306 .270 1.28 3.99 3.94
2009 MAG Wnt 1 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 .000 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .333 .000 1.00 1.68 0.00
2010 SDN MLB 59 0 69.7 59 6 72 14 .264 83 7.6 0.8 1.8 9.3 45% .256 .246 0.93 3.91 3.62
2011 FLO MLB 67 0 76.0 64 14 63 7 .263 94 7.6 1.7 0.8 7.5 51% .270 .229 1.03 3.17 2.96
2012 MIA MLB 41 0 39.0 36 9 26 6 .265 93 8.3 2.1 1.4 6.0 53% .252 .261 1.15 4.57 4.38
2012 SLN MLB 29 0 26.3 20 3 21 1 .267 98 6.8 1.0 0.3 7.2 51% .264 .194 0.87 2.38 1.03
2012 JUP A+ 2 2 3.0 0 0 2 0 .262 106 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 71% .000 .010 0.00 2.06 0.00
2013 SLN MLB 65 0 64.7 60 5 46 9 .253 103 8.4 0.7 1.3 6.4 46% .263 .235 1.01 3.69 2.78
2014 BOS MLB 64 0 60.0 69 14 43 6 .265 102 10.3 2.1 0.9 6.5 44% .332 .275 1.38 3.73 3.90
2015 BOS MLB 11 0 13.7 15 3 8 3 .259 114 9.9 2.0 2.0 5.3 55% .293 .266 1.32 5.67 4.61
2015 OAK MLB 38 0 33.7 37 4 22 7 .259 97 9.9 1.1 1.9 5.9 46% .286 .278 1.22 4.86 4.81
2015 STO A+ 2 0 2.0 0 0 4 0 .253 95 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 50% .000 -.008 0.00 -0.22 0.00
2016 LEH AAA 31 0 33.0 41 3 23 2 .249 11.2 0.8 0.5 6.3 43% .333 .272 1.33 2.83 4.09

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 594 0.5303 0.5370 0.8150 0.7333 0.3154 0.8571 0.7045 0.1850
2009 1412 0.5673 0.5064 0.7916 0.6617 0.3028 0.8396 0.6541 0.2084
2010 1016 0.5079 0.5167 0.7086 0.6512 0.3780 0.7946 0.5556 0.2914
2011 1099 0.5214 0.5305 0.7753 0.6632 0.3859 0.8789 0.5813 0.2247
2012 863 0.5295 0.5214 0.7822 0.6608 0.3645 0.8444 0.6554 0.2178
2013 899 0.5139 0.5673 0.7549 0.6840 0.4439 0.8481 0.6031 0.2451
2014 940 0.5447 0.5213 0.7796 0.6777 0.3341 0.8588 0.5874 0.2204
2015 691 0.5109 0.5470 0.7725 0.6827 0.4053 0.8382 0.6569 0.2275
Career75140.53090.52830.77110.67270.36340.84450.62010.2289

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2016 PHI $
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
8 yrPrevious$16,346,400
8 yrTotal$16,346,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 115 dOctagon1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/18/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2.5M in majors. Exercised opt-out clause, released by Philadelphia 3/29/16. Re-signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 3/30/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 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. Acquired by Oakland in trade 5/10/15 after being DFA by Boston 5/8/15.
  • 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.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3 1.3 0 55 0 75.9 59 15 56 8 .255 0.98 2.89 3.15 10.6 1.1
80o 2.9 1.3 0 55 0 69.5 58 15 51 8 .269 1.05 3.25 3.53 8.1 0.9
70o 2.9 1.2 0 55 0 65.1 57 15 48 8 .279 1.11 3.51 3.81 6.3 0.7
60o 2.8 1.2 0 55 0 61.3 56 14 45 8 .288 1.15 3.73 4.05 4.7 0.5
50o 2.8 1.1 0 55 0 57.9 55 14 43 7 .296 1.20 3.94 4.28 3.3 0.4
40o 2.8 1.1 0 55 0 54.5 54 14 40 7 .304 1.25 4.16 4.52 1.7 0.2
30o 2.7 1 0 55 0 51.0 53 13 38 7 .313 1.30 4.39 4.77 0.1 0.0
20o 2.7 1 0 55 0 47.0 51 13 35 7 .323 1.36 4.66 5.07 -1.8 -0.2
10o 2.6 0.9 0 55 0 41.6 48 12 31 6 .337 1.45 5.05 5.49 -4.4 -0.5
Weighted Mean2.81.1055057.35414427.2941.193.914.253.40.4

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 6/27/2016 09:36 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.2 1.5 3.1 63 0 60.2 49 12 43 7 .244 1.02 3.42 3.57 6.8 0.7
80o 2.8 1.3 2.7 57 0 54.2 48 12 39 7 .257 1.09 3.76 3.94 4.0 0.4
70o 2.6 1.1 2.4 52 0 50.0 46 11 36 6 .267 1.15 4.01 4.21 2.2 0.2
60o 2.3 1 2.2 49 0 46.5 45 11 33 6 .275 1.20 4.23 4.44 0.8 0.1
50o 2.2 0.9 2 45 0 43.3 43 11 31 6 .283 1.25 4.44 4.66 -0.3 -0.0
40o 2 0.8 1.8 42 0 40.2 42 10 29 6 .291 1.30 4.64 4.89 -1.3 -0.1
30o 1.8 0.7 1.6 39 0 36.9 40 10 26 6 .299 1.35 4.87 5.13 -2.1 -0.2
20o 1.6 0.6 1.4 35 0 33.1 38 9 24 5 .309 1.41 5.14 5.42 -3.0 -0.3
10o 1.3 0.5 1.1 29 0 28.0 34 8 20 5 .322 1.51 5.52 5.82 -3.7 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.10.9245042.74210306.2811.244.414.63-0.1-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
25% 46% 25% 7% 93%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 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 DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173331252055541439847.2951.234.555.078.82.36.31.3-0.1
20183431253057541540847.2881.224.484.998.62.46.41.3-0.1
20193521245048471334747.2921.254.715.258.82.46.41.3-0.2
20203621241043441130647.3031.274.515.039.12.36.21.2-0.1
20213721240043421230647.2971.264.645.178.82.56.31.3-0.1
20223821240043431130647.3001.264.605.139.02.36.31.3-0.1
20233921238041401128647.2971.254.555.078.92.46.21.3-0.1
20244021241044431130647.2981.244.575.098.92.36.21.2-0.1
20254121241044441129647.2991.264.665.199.12.36.01.2-0.2

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
37.526.119.812.612.711.2108.8

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201537.526.119.812.612.711.2108.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Rod Beck 2001 4.69
2 90 Jerry Spradlin 1999 5.46
3 89 Joe Black 1956 4.52
4 89 Roy Face 1960 3.14
5 88 Luis Ayala 2010 0.00 DNP
6 88 Joe Borowski 2003 3.03
7 88 John Habyan 1996 7.12
8 87 Donnie Moore 1986 3.47
9 86 Gabe White 2004 6.94
10 86 Jon Rauch 2011 4.85
11 85 Jeff Reardon 1988 2.59
12 85 Joe Hoerner 1969 3.04
13 85 Elias Sosa 1982 4.57
14 84 Matt Guerrier 2011 4.21
15 84 Bruce Sutter 1985 4.69
16 84 Craig Lefferts 1990 2.97
17 84 Enrique Romo 1980 3.86
18 84 Luis Vizcaino 2007 4.54
19 84 Tom Hurd 1956 6.19
20 83 Al Holland 1985 2.90
21 83 Scott Sullivan 2003 3.94
22 83 Dave Veres 1999 5.38
23 83 Gary Lucas 1987 5.09
24 83 Aaron Fultz 2006 4.92
25 83 Steve Reed 1997 4.04
26 83 Carl Willis 1993 3.57
27 83 Steve Hamilton 1967 3.63
28 83 Lindy McDaniel 1968 3.31
29 83 Don Aase 1987 2.25
30 83 Aaron Heilman 2011 7.13
31 82 Aurelio Lopez 1981 3.86
32 82 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
33 82 Jamie Walker 2004 3.90
34 82 Jay Howell 1988 2.22
35 82 Grant Jackson 1975 3.17 DNP
36 82 Chad Qualls 2011 3.75
37 82 Greg McMichael 1999 5.08
38 82 Woody Main 1954 0.00 DNP
39 82 Scott Linebrink 2009 5.46
40 82 Antonio Osuna 2005 42.43
41 82 Mark Eichhorn 1993 3.34
42 82 Justin Speier 2006 3.33
43 82 Murray Wall 1959 6.08
44 82 Greg Harris 1988 2.86
45 82 John Johnstone 2001 0.00 DNP
46 81 Eddie Guardado 2003 3.03
47 81 Alan Embree 2002 2.76
48 81 Mike Stanton 1985 7.75
49 81 Bob Howry 2006 3.29
50 81 David Weathers 2002 3.49
51 81 Bob Patterson 1991 4.66
52 81 Brian Duensing 2015 4.44
53 81 T.J. Mathews 2002 3.44
54 80 Don Robinson 1989 3.65
55 80 Ramiro Mendoza 2004 3.23
56 80 Dave Tobik 1985 8.00
57 80 Stan Belinda 1999 5.48
58 80 Skip Lockwood 1979 1.49
59 80 Mike Timlin 1998 2.95
60 80 Cliff Politte 2006 9.00
61 80 Alejandro Pena 1991 2.51
62 80 Jim Acker 1991 5.40
63 80 Rick Aguilera 1994 4.63
64 80 Paul Quantrill 2001 3.04
65 80 Don Elston 1961 6.36
66 80 Rich Hinton 1979 6.28
67 80 Mike Jackson 1997 4.08
68 80 David Riske 2009 18.00
69 80 Jim Gott 1992 2.76
70 79 Bob Locker 1970 4.09
71 79 Dick Hall 1963 3.22
72 79 Darren Holmes 1998 3.33
73 79 De Wayne Buice 1990 0.00 DNP
74 79 Esteban Yan 2007 0.00 DNP
75 79 Pete Richert 1972 3.12
76 79 Tug McGraw 1977 2.85
77 79 Mike Stanton 1999 4.33
78 79 Dan Spillner 1984 5.53
79 79 Dave Schmidt 1989 5.80
80 79 Jeremy Affeldt 2011 3.21
81 79 Mike Myers 2001 3.83
82 79 Gene Garber 1980 4.59
83 78 Steve Farr 1989 4.97
84 78 Rafael Betancourt 2007 1.47
85 78 Larry Andersen 1985 5.05
86 78 Edwin Nunez 1995 0.00 DNP
87 78 Harry Dorish 1954 2.89
88 78 Rick White 2001 5.04
89 78 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
90 78 Jeff Shaw 1999 3.31
91 78 Dave Giusti 1972 2.17
92 78 Doug Bird 1982 5.61
93 78 Dale Mohorcic 1988 5.18
94 78 Scott Proctor 2009 0.00 DNP
95 78 Matt Belisle 2012 4.05
96 78 Jesus Colome 2010 5.29
97 78 Marvin Freeman 1995 6.18
98 78 Don Mossi 1961 3.63
99 78 Phil Coke 2015 5.68
100 77 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .286 .307 .494 .275
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .302 .415 .256
18 Split (Multi) .022 .005 .078 .019
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .306 .324 .514 .286
31 vs R (2015) .270 .305 .450 .268
38 Split (2015) .035 .019 .063 .018
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Mujica came full circle in 2015, completing his eight-year transition from mop-up man, to setup man, to closer, to setup man and back to mop-up man. He joined the A's in May (ironically, the only month he pitched well) after the Red Sox tired of his pitch-to-loud-contact approach. In Oakland he continued to help opposing offenses, his splitter in particular dropping less and getting hit harder than in the past. Mujica excelled at starting rallies, with batters posting a 1.119 OPS against him when leading off an inning. There are better ways to gain a manager's trust, and although he may no longer be called on to preserve victories (or even leads), at least he still has epic facial hair.
2015 Mujica joins Edgar Renteria and the 2004 and 2013 World Series as proof that Cardinals Voodoo Magic doesn't make it through security at Logan Airport. After saving 37 games for St. Louis in 2013, an abysmal April saw Mujica allow 10 earned runs in nine innings and quickly led to his demotion from primary set-up man to mop-up reliever. He fought his way back to relevancy as the year went on, posting a 1.71 ERA in 24 games in August and September and filling in for Koji Uehara as closer near the season's end. He shouldn't function as a team's primary or even secondary right-handed reliever, but he's a fine depth piece.
2014 Mujica is a check mark in the "closers are made, not born" column. The journeyman reliever transitioned brilliantly into the role, taking his control-oriented approach to another level with a barely-there 2 percent walk rate that made his otherwise modest 18 percent strikeout rate markedly more tolerable. With several safety nets in place, the Cardinals acted swiftly in September when a dead arm period and balky back limited Mujica’s effectiveness, replacing him with Trevor Rosenthal. Still, a 37-save season added sizzle to Mujica's resume and surely contributed to his two-year deal with the Red Sox. Even in a set-up role, he provides peace of mind to traditional-minded managers (read: all of them).
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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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Edward Mujica threw 7,866 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2015, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Splitter (86mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph) and Sinker (92mph).