March 30, 2016
The Philadelphia Phillies, who wrapped up their Grapefruit League schedule on Wednesday with an 8-4 win over the Houston Astros, have signed right-handed pitcher Edward Mujica to a minor league contract. According to the Phillies, he will report to minor league camp on Thursday.
The move comes a day after the team released the 31-year-old reliever, but since he went unclaimed on waivers, the Phillies were able to re-sign him. Mujica was among several players vying for a spot in the bullpen, and although he lost that battle, the team liked him enough to want him to remain in their system and provide them with some bullpen depth should one the guys who made the roster go down with an injury.
This spring, Mujica allowed just four hits in 8 1/3 innings and finished with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.720 WHIP -- but that wasn't enough to earn him a roster spot.
Mujica spent time with seven different clubs in the first 10 years of his career before joining the Phillies in Clearwater this spring and has 50 careers saves (in 72 opportunities) and a sub-four ERA. Here's a look at his year-by-year numbers.
The Phillies return to action on Thursday night, when they take on the organization's top prospects at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. They'll then take on the Orioles on Friday at Citizens Bank Park before a rematch at home against the best their minor league system has to offer.