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Mujica with the Oakland Athletics
|Detroit Tigers – No. 39|
May 10, 1984 |
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
|June 21, 2006, for the Cleveland Indians|
(through 2015 season)
|Earned run average||3.85|
|Career highlights and awards|
Edward José Mujica (Spanish pronunciation: [muˈxika]; born May 10, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Florida/Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Oakland Athletics.
Mujica began his career as a starter with San Felipe, Burlington and Lake County in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He became a full-time reliever in 2005, and dominated the Carolina League as the closer with the Kinston Indians, earning a 2.08 ERA, 14 saves, 32 strikeouts and just two walks in 26 innings before being promoted to Double-A Akron. He continued his dominance with the Aeros, going 2–1 with 10 saves, a 2.88 ERA, 33 strikeouts, and only five walks in 34 2⁄3 innings.
Mujica began 2006 in Akron, where he recorded eight saves without surrendering an earned run, 17 strikeouts, and nine walks in 19 innings before getting promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. For Buffalo, he was 3–1 with five saves, a 2.48 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and five walks in 32 2⁄3 innings. He made his major league debut with Cleveland on June 21, 2006. Mujica did not surrender an earned run in 2006 until his fourth appearance with the Indians, on July 14, a streak of 43 1⁄3 consecutive innings (19 for Akron, 19 2⁄3 for Buffalo and 4 2⁄3 for Cleveland).
San Diego Padres
In 2011, Mujica appeared in 67 games, finished with a 9-6 record, had 63 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.96.
St. Louis Cardinals
On July 31, 2012, Mujica was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league third baseman Zack Cox. He was used primarily in the 7th inning of games for the team. In 2013, when the Cardinals closer Jason Motte was injured and set-up man Mitchell Boggs lost his effectiveness, Mujica became the new closer (around mid-April) and began collecting saves in his new role. On July 14, 2013, it was confirmed that Mujica would replace fellow Cardinal Adam Wainwright in the 2013 All Star Game, who had pitched two nights before against the Chicago Cubs. It was Mujica's first All Star Game appearance of his career. He was not called on to pitch, however. He became a free agent after the 2013 World Series on October 31, 2013.
Boston Red Sox
On December 5, 2013, Mujica agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, pending the completion of a physical examination. The contract became official on December 7. He was designated for assignment by Boston on May 8, 2015.
On December 17, 2015, Mujica signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, receiving an invitation to spring training. He was released on March 29, 2016 and re-signed a day later. He was released on July 14 after requesting his release. He posted an ERA of 3.69 in 39 innings at the AAA level.
Kansas City Royals
On July 15, 2016, Mujica signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He was released on August 10.
On August 19, 2016, Mujica signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. On August 20, he was assigned to AAA Rochester.
Mujica is mainly a two-pitch pitcher, utilizing a four-seam fastball at 90-93 mph and a splitter at 86-89. He also has a two-seam fastball in the same velocity range as his four-seamer, and a slider in the low 80s. Lefties see a very heavy diet of splitters; in 2011, they constituted more than half of the pitches he threw to left-handers. Right-handed hitters tend to see a greater assortment of pitches, including the slider (which Mujica rarely uses against lefties).
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- Padres acquire reliever Mujica
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