Report: Phillies Interested in Edward Mujica
When the baseball off season hits, the rumor mill heats up.
According to Jeff Passan, the Phillies are interested in St. Louis Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica.
Passan tweets that general manager Ruben Amaro is willing to offer a three deal to Mujica in order to hammer out a deal.
According to various reports, Mujica is demanding a three year, $21 million type deal on the open market.
Fans thought the Phillies had finally solved their eighth inning woes last off season when the club signed free agent Mike Adams to a 2-year, $12 million deal, but Adams missed almost all of the 2013 season with a back issue.
Mujica, 29, had a superb season for the National League champion Cardinals recording 37 saves with a 2.78 ERA.
Mujica has previously spent time with the Marlins, Padres and Indians.
The Phillies have also been linked to other set up man around baseball including Joaquin Benoit and Joe Smith.
The Phillies have been trying to develop their young bullpen talent in the last several years, but time may be running out on Phillipe Aumont, Justin DeFratus neither of whom has grown into an eighth inning setup man for high priced closer Johnathan Papelbon.
Antonio Bastardo is also coming off a 50-game suspension for PED usage with his involvement in the Biogenisis scandal that rocked MLB last season.
As always stay tuned to 97.3 ESPN FM and 973espn.com for any Phillies free agency news and notes.