Cardinals Acquire Edward Mujica

The Cardinals acquired reliever Edward Mujica from the Marlins for third baseman Zack Cox, tweets Peter Gammons of MLB Network.

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Mujica, 28, has a 4.38 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 1.38 HR/9, and 50.4% groundball rate in 39 innings for the Marlins this year.  Mujica is owed $568K for the remainder of the season and will be arbitration eligible for the third and final time after the season.  Mujica was part of the deal that sent Cameron Maybin to the Padres in November 2010.

Cox, 23, was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2010.  He's hitting .254/.294/.421 in 316 Triple-A plate appearances.  Baseball America ranked Cox fourth among Cardinals prospects prior to the season, and was still willing to call him a "potential No. 3 hitter" at the time.  It's a nice pickup for Mujica, even if Cox's star has fallen.   

Photo courtesy of Steve Mitchell/US Presswire.


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110 Comments on "Cardinals Acquire Edward Mujica"


3 years 27 days ago

Cardinal fans, what are you guys thoughts?

TheLoLgen
3 years 27 days ago

Overpayed for a marginal reliever

stl_cards16
3 years 27 days ago

Overpaid but that’s what the deadline is about. I’m fine with overpaying for a piece that is going to make a difference on the team, but this isn’t even really much of an upgrade.

notsureifsrs
3 years 27 days ago

exactly. you accept that you’re going to pay to improve, but it’s not clear that you really improved here

stl_cards16
3 years 27 days ago

Nope. I knew Cox was eventually going to be moved….but I really would have thought it’d be in a package for something much better than a middle reliever.

notsureifsrs
3 years 27 days ago

mujica can be very good, but the cardinals basically bought low here while somehow still paying high

Joel Peterson
3 years 27 days ago

Overpay but Cox didnt fit here and his luster is wearing off. Feels like Brett Wallace all over again but I still like the deal for the Marlins. We got Matt freaking Holliday for Wallace.

Andy_B
3 years 27 days ago

he’s held right handers to a line of .211/.256/.329. I would have rather seen a move for a guy like Broxton but this is not a bad move.

Dave
3 years 27 days ago

Got rid of a useless, blocked player whose value has been rapidly dropping due to lackluster performance.

Got a nothing special reliever who may or may not perform better than the current bullpen, but the only glaring weakness has been a solid 3rd bullpen guy who can come in when Boggs and Motte aren’t available for whatever reason and lock it down. This is not that guy, but again, the value of Cox is extremely low and who they got isn’t going anywhere after the season.

Not bad, but nothing really spectacular unless a change of scenery makes Mujica suddenly a 2.0 ERA lights out 7th inning guy.

Triteon
3 years 27 days ago

Anything to keep Marte in AAA.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 27 days ago

Zack Cox really makes up for the loss of Matt Dominguez.

bigpat
3 years 27 days ago

Isn’t Zach Cox really good?

3 years 27 days ago

Was a top 100 prospect coming into the season. Has struggled a ton though so far in AAA.

East Coast Bias
3 years 27 days ago

He was their first round pick in 2010. And Cox was a top ten 3B in all of mlb prospects. Weird trade…

vtadave
3 years 27 days ago

Doesn’t sound like he’s very good defensively at 3B and a corner infielder with a .715 OPS in the PCL is downright awful. That said, it’s not like you can expect much for Mujica, so this was an ok return.

Fifty_Five
3 years 27 days ago

He did well at every other level though. Having a down year during his first time through AAA shouldn’t make him worth a mediocre middle reliever

vtadave
3 years 27 days ago

Yeah with you there. To me his numbers and the scouting reports make it sound like his ceiling is Casey Blake and his floor is Brandon Inge.

stl_cards16
3 years 27 days ago

A lot of scouts aren’t really that high on Cox. He’s stayed in the top 100’s just because he’s pretty much ready. Will hit for a solid average but doesn’t have much power. Still probably an overpay but a lot of Cardinal fans seen this coming. They just have too many potential 3B right now.

sdsuphilip
3 years 27 days ago

he has good raw power, hasn’t played a ton in games yet tho.

3 years 27 days ago

Ewwwww.

Patrick Beliveau
3 years 27 days ago

wow… dont like this for the cards at all…

Any chance Cox sees time with the big club now? Marlins dont have much in the way at 3rd…

switchhitingjesus
3 years 27 days ago

Seems like the Cards gave up on Cox.

3 years 27 days ago

Talk about selling low… Jeez.

Devern Hansack
3 years 27 days ago

What?!? Wow, Cardinals, wow.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 27 days ago

Peter Gammons can tweet?

iTarget Designs
3 years 27 days ago

Its the new app on the Jitterbug phone.

sam_lammert
3 years 27 days ago

what the heck? this is awful..

3 years 27 days ago

haha wow

JW_28
3 years 27 days ago

your killin me mo why would you do this!!!!! id rather us have stayed put then traded away cox

3 years 27 days ago

seems like an overpay, maybe just a down year at AAA, a little more seasoning, could of done better if you were gonna trade cox.

Jack Cox
3 years 27 days ago

Come on Down to the Miami Marlins Fire Sale! Everything Must Go!

gamemusic3
3 years 27 days ago

Keep saying that meme enough and you may convince somebody it is actually the case.

Only Hanley Ramirez was among their 2013 plans and they wanted to trade him anyway.

Yet the Marlins got a pretty decent haul for the collection of veterans they swapped for prospects.

3 years 27 days ago

wow what a great deal for the Marlins, Mujica isnt very good and cox is the cardinals fifth best prospect

Joel Peterson
3 years 27 days ago

Under no circumstances is Cox the cards 5th best prospect

3 years 27 days ago

I personally rate Cox at about 6th or 7th depending on if you see Rosenthal, Adams, and Kelly still as prospects. Martinez, Miller, Taveras, and Wong are all better IMO.

3 years 27 days ago

it is what mlb.com says and I think that is a pretty good source

JW_28
3 years 27 days ago

cant wait to hear the explanation on this one

FelixFan
3 years 27 days ago

Marlins redeem themselves.

TheKingOfMacomb
3 years 27 days ago

And where was Zack Cox going to play in St. Louis? Behind Freese and Carpenter at 3rd, or behind Schumaker and Wong at 2nd?

$1529282
3 years 27 days ago

“We have no use for this guy, so we’ll give him away for 50 cents on the dollar” isn’t really a compelling defense of a trade.

East Coast Bias
3 years 27 days ago

That’s a fair point, but Cards could have gotten a better return for Cox, like a SP.

Andy_B
3 years 27 days ago

no they really couldn’t. Cox is a bust.

3 years 27 days ago

Cox stock has fallen drastically. I wouldnt have even placed him as a top 10 prospect in the Cardinals organization at this point.

stl_cards16
3 years 27 days ago

For who? I don’t like this trade but tgey teally couldnt have picked up a decent starter with Cox.

sdsuphilip
3 years 27 days ago

so you trade him for a below average reliever? Nice excuse.

jimant60
3 years 27 days ago

I am seeing now that Dempster says he will approve a trade to Yankees! Only thing is this morning the Yankees said: “Aside from the reports we are pushing for a Dempster deal, they are unfounded”

Gunner65
3 years 27 days ago

Cox is struggling a little in his first year of AAA. Was killing it before 2012

3 years 27 days ago

Huge overpay. This guy has a future.

DT Flush234
3 years 27 days ago

Cox doesn’t have a future with the Cardinals. He’s blocked by Freese, Carpenter, and Descalso not even mentioning Kelly, Piscotty, and Wisdom in the system.