Mujica to Red Sox, Furcal to Marlins

Two former St. Louis Cardinals have found a new home.

Reliever Edward Mujica, 29, has signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to Red Sox Report. Mujica was a National League All-Star last season with the Cardinals and had 35 saves and a 1.72 earned run average entering September, then faltered badly, reportedly due to fatigue issues. He gave up nine earned runs in 71/3 innings in the final month and lost his closer’s job to Trevor Rosenthal.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal, 36, has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins for a reported $3 to $3.5 million, plus bonus incentives for games played, according to SportsNetwork.com. He missed all of last season with the Cardinals after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

A three-time All-Star, Furcal hit .264 with five home runs and 49 runs batted in, playing in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012. He helped lift St. Louis to the 2011 World Series championship.

–Gordon Engelhardt

 

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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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