While at times it has appeared that the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen could use some help, the early returns indicate that the team made a smart decision to walk away from a former member of its relief corps.
Edward Mujica, who signed with the Boston Red Sox over the winter after racking up 37 saves for St. Louis in 2013, is sporting a 10.00 this season with 14 hits and four walks allowed in nine innings of work.
Mujica faltered down the stretch for the Cardinals, eventually losing his job as closer to Trevor Rosenthal. He denied that he had a shoulder issue. But whatever it was that caused him to become derailed seems to have lingered through the winter.
Despite his concerns, Boston signed Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million contract. He's finished three games for the Red Sox.