Red Sox sign former Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica, may trade for Matt Kemp

The Red Sox are sticking with their strategy from last year, loading up on closer candidates

12/5/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

Aug 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) points towards Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (not pictured) after retiring the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eleventh inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 6-5 in 12 innings. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsLast year, the Red Sox had a pretty successful bullpen despite the fact that their top two closer options (Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey) went down with injuries.

Eventually, Koji Uehara took over the role and put together one of the greatest seasons of all time for a closer, becoming a huge reason the Red Sox would go on to win the World Series.

Once again, the Red Sox will have multiple options in the closer role in the event that the worst case scenario comes true, after signing former Cardinals closer Edward Mujica.

Mujica racked up 37 saves last year for the Cards before losing his job late in the season to Trevor Rosenthal. He was a non-factor in the postseason, particularly in the World Series, where he didn't pitch at all.

The Red Sox are hoping that he can round back into form in Boston, giving them a solid option in the late innings as a bridge to Uehara.

In the event that Uehara doesn't duplicate his other-worldly performance from last year, Mujica will give them a fall-back plan.

In other Red Sox news, they're also looking for outfield help after the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, prompting them to look to a familiar trade partner, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers are making center fielder Matt Kemp available, and might even be willing to pay part of his remaining salary (6 years, $128 million) if they're able to move him. That would give the Red Sox a solid replacement for Ellsbury in the field, as well as a solid middle-of-the-lineup bat assuming Kemp stays healthy.

He has had some health issues over the past two years, but when healthy, he's an MVP candidate.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington isn't resting on his laurels after the World Series championship, and he's obviously being aggressive about figuring out how to improve the team and get them another Duck Boat parade. We'll see if he's successful again in 2014.
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The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Not gonna lie, I like the Kemp idea for the Sox

I love it, if they can make Jackie Bradley Jr. the centerpiece of the deal. If the Dodgers even MENTION Bogaerts, just walk away from the negotiating table.

12/5/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24823 respect

Not gonna lie, I like the Kemp idea for the Sox