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A look at the career of Edward Mujica

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A franchise that has been in baseball for nearly three decades now, the Miami Marlins have seen countless players wear the name “Marlins” on the front of their shirts, a group that includes some all-time greats. As we begin to turn the schedule around until 2022, a new weekly series begins here in Marlin Maniac involving these players.

Starting today, each week we’ll take a look at a different player from the history of the Marlins franchise and what they’ve been up to during their time with the organization. As mentioned earlier, this will be a weekly series, with a new player position every Monday morning.

As you can probably see from the title as well, we start this week with right-hander Edward Mujica, a reliever who appeared in over 100 games with the Marlins in 2011-12.

A look at the career of the Miami Marlins by Edward Mujica

A former free agent signed by Cleveland in 2001, Mujica rose through the ranks in the minor leagues and made his major league debut in 2006 as a reliever. Spending time with Cleveland and the San Diego Padres from 2006-2010, Mujica would be traded to the then Florida Marlins on November 13, 2010 as part of a multiplayer deal that sent outfielder Cameron Maybin to San Diego. .

Instantly joining the Marlins’ major league bullpen, Mujica would find success early on in South Florida playing a mid / eighth inning role in 2011. This 2011 season featured an impressive 9-6 record. with a 2.96 ERA over 76 innings, a season in which the right-hander also added 17 catches.

After enjoying success in the first year with the Marlins, Mujica entered the 2012 campaign as an important piece of the Miami relievers’ box. The right-hander, however, would struggle through the first half of the season posting a combined 4.38 ERA with two saves in 41 relief appearances in a similar role to 2011.

Mujica’s time in the Marlins’ organization would end in the middle of the 2012 season, however, when the then 28-year-old was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, 2012, and would continue to enjoy a phenomenal finish to the season posting a 1.03 ERA of 29 relief appearances in St. Louis.

In his two combined seasons with the Marlins in 2011-12, Mujica will appear in a total of 108 games where the right-hander posted a combined ERA of 3.44 in 115 innings with 23 walks and 89 strikeouts. Another notable number of his time in Miami included a Combined WAR of 1.8, the second-highest in his time with any of his seven career teams he saw time at at the major league level.

After those two seasons with the Miami Marlins, Mujica would go on to make his first and only All-Star appearance in 2013 with the Cardinals, and would also see big-league time from 2014 to 2015 with the Boston Red Sox. and Oakland Athletics, as well as in 2017 with the Detroit Tigers. Now 37, Mujica last started with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals’ organization in 2018.