Free agent reliever Edward Mujica is drawing the interest of several teams including the Cleveland Indians, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
The other teams also in the running for the 29-year-old who has pitched for the Cardinals for the last two years: Baltimore, Philadelphia and the Chicago Cubs. Rumors indicate that the deal could be similar to the three-year $15.75 million deal that former Indian Joe Smith signed with the LA Angels.
Mujica actually is a former Cleveland farmhand, coming up with the team in the majors during the 2006-2008 seasons. During those three years, he struggled mightily in limited outings, posting a 6.04 ERA in 53 games. But over the last five years, he’s been one of the most consistent relievers in baseball, posting a 3.31 ERA in 328 appearances.
The Indians certainly could use the assistance in the bullpen with the departure of Smith, likely loss of Matt Albers and Rich Hill, plus the release of Chris Perez. They’ve signed Matt Capps and Mike Zagurski to minor league deals with spring training invites. But figure the Tribe to be involved in many more reliever rumors as the Winter Meetings near in the next few weeks.