Since the Phillies began free-agency with a bang by signing Marlon Byrd and re-signing Carlos Ruiz, the hot-stove has been rather quiet on their front. But according to MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, the Phillies may be in the midst of re-entering the hot-stove forefront.
The Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are among the teams expressing interest in reliever Edward Mujica, according to a source.
Earlier this month Jeff Passen of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Phillies not only had interest in an eighth inning reliever like Mujica, but they would be willing to doll out at three-year pact to bring him in. Cotillo’s source still believes that a three-year deal is what it is going to take to land Mujica.
Mujica is expected to receive a contract similar to the three-year, $15.75 million deal that (Joe) Smith signed with the Angels last weekend.
While Mujica posted a 2.78 ERA as compared to Smith’s 2.29 ERA, the fact that he demonstrated that he has the ability to close last year with his 37 saves, may drive his market price a couple million higher than Smith. That means that even if the Phillies don’t envision using Mujica as a closer (which they won’t), that they will have to compete with teams who value his flexibility. In short, Mujica is going to get paid and it isn’t going to be cheap.