Is It Time To Trade Edward Mujica?

Edward MujicaIn his tenure with the Boston Red Sox, Edward Mujica is not pitching like himself. In 31 games for the Red Sox totaling 29 2/3 innings of work, Mujica is posting 5.76 ERA while allowing six homers. He is definitely having a down year after being the primary closer for the St. Louis Cardinals last year. During the 2013 season, Mujica was a lights out closer racking up 37 saves for the NL champions while keeping his ERA low at just 2.78. Perhaps a change in scenery would do Mujica some good at this point and if not, Boston should still make an attempt to cut ties with the 30-year-old reliever.
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As a proven closer in the National League, it is clear that Edward Mujica has some trade value. On a down year, expect teams to pounce on the opportunity to bring in Mujica for their team, especially since Boston likely would not look for much in return. Sure it would be nice if whatever team that acquired Mujica payed his salary in full, but Boston would not get much more than that in return. A top 20 organizational prospect could be a return, which is definitely beneficial, as a player such as that could help the big league club in the future. For this type of player, think of players like Teddy Stankiewicz and Joe Gunkel as the quality of players that Boston could receive in return: solid prospects without a ton of hype.
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Overall, Boston would be smart to make this move. Sitting in last place, they will need to clean the house in the off season if they want to compete in 2015; this is why trading arguably the weakest link in the bullpen as of right now is a smart idea. With or without Edward Mujica, the Boston Red Sox are still not the best team in the league and  they might as well give the bullpen spot to a younger player who is putting up good numbers in Pawtucket. There are a number of players who fit this category including top pitching prospects, fireballer Rubby De La Rosa, lefty specialist Tommy Layne, and knuckleballer Steven Wright who could pitch in long relief.

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