Mujica was supposed to be the 2014 version of Koji Uehara. After putting together a nearly complete season of dominance in St. Louis, Mujica lost his job to young stud Trevor Rosenthal. Mujica blew up down the stretch for the Cardinals, but the Red Sox were hoping he could put together a bounce back season and signed him to a two-year, $9.5 million deal. The 30-year-old righty failed to meet expectations, with a 3.90 ERA and 100 ERA+ alongside a 1.38 WHIP.
Source: #Red Sox in recent days have expressed a willingness to move RH reliever Edward Mujica, who will earn $4.75M this season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 30, 2015
The addition of Ogando would seem to add credence to the idea that the Red Sox no longer view Mujica as a fit in their 2015 bullpen. Mujica did finish the season strong, and would probably have suitors in the National League. As was the case with Middlebrooks and Ranaudo, even if the return is not overwhelming, Mujica seems like a good trade candidate as a man without a clear role. I liked the additions of Ross, Varvaro, and Ogando, and Mujica seems like a luxury they can afford to trade.