Marlins ‘pen needs more consistency
SAN FRANCISCO — The Red Sox have designated Edward Mujica for assignment, which immediately prompted some fans to ask if the Marlins should take a shot at the veteran right-hander.
Mujica previously was with the Marlins. He was popular and productive, and his teammates loved him. But that was then, and Mujica was traded in July of 2012. This is now, and there is a reason the Red Sox decided to part ways with the veteran.
Miami basically doesn’t need to bring back Mujica. The club simply needs the relievers currently on the roster to do their part. There is enough quality to get the job done.
Mujica, for instance, appeared in 13 2/3 innings with Boston, and posted a 4.61 ERA. His fastball velocity, according to Fangraphs, is 90.4 mph. With Miami in 2011, it was 91.8 mph.
The Marlins have power arms in Bryan Morris, Sam Dyson and lefty Mike Dunn. A.J. Ramos has seen his velocity increase. But collectively, the ‘pen has had its troubles.
The Marlins’ relievers have walked 33, tied for fourth most of any bullpen in the National League. They’ve been heavily used, posting 88 1/3 innings, tied for fourth most in the NL. Their collective ERA is 4.28, which is 11th in the league. And they’re 10th in batting average against, .249.
Adding Mujica probably isn’t the answer. Besides, it would create more 40-man roster issues. So rather than go after the soon-to-be former Red Sox right-hander, the Marlins mainly need those currently on the roster to perform to their expectations.
— Joe Frisaro