The Rockies announced they passed José Mujica through outright waivers this afternoon. Colorado hadn’t previously announced that Mujica had been designated for assignment, so the move creates a vacancy on the 40-man roster.
Colorado signed Mujica to a major league contract over the 2019-20 offseason. The right-hander had spent seven seasons in the Rays’ organization but never made it to the majors and elected minor league free agency. Mujica has been on the Rockies’ 40-man roster over the two years since, but he’s barely pitched in the big leagues. He made his MLB debut last season, allowing seven runs (six earned) over 4 2/3 innings.
Mujica has spent the entirety of this season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he’s had a difficult season. The 25-year-old has an 8.68 ERA over 74 2/3 innings with the Isotopes. Mujica has been tagged for twenty home runs in that extremely hitter-friendly environment, and he’s punched out a below-average 19% of opposing hitters.
Because Mujica has previously been outrighted in his career, he has the right to elect free agency. The team didn’t indicate whether he planned to do so. If he accepts the assignment, Mujica will qualify for minor league free agency this winter if not selected back onto the 40-man roster before the end of the season.