ST. LOUIS The Cardinals moved to improve their bullpen Tuesday afternoon, acquiring Marlins right-handed reliever Edward Mujica in exchange for Triple-A Memphis third-baseman Zack Cox.
Mujica, 28, had a 4.38 ERA in 41 games for Florida but held right-handed batters to a .211 batting average. The control pitcher has walked just nine batters in 39 innings but has given up six home runs.
The seven-year big league veteran has a career 17-18 record and a 4.13 ERA in 287 games with Cleveland, San Diego and Miami. He was considered one of the best setup relievers in baseball in 2011, posting a 2.96 ERA in 67 appearances.
Cox, a former first round draft pick, struggled in his first season a Triple-A and hit just .254 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games. Cox was expendable because of the emergence of David Freese as well as the Cardinals recent selections of several third base prospects in Junes MLB Draft.
Its not known when Mujica will join the Cardinals in Colorado, but a corr...