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Edward Mujica would take over as the Marlins’ closer if Leo Nunez is traded

Jul 22, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT


Marlins closer Leo Nunez has been the subject of numerous trade rumors as the team contemplates cashing in a good but not great reliever whose value is inflated by his save total.

If they do end up moving Nunez before the July 31 trade deadline manager Jack McKeon told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that Edward Mujica would take over as the new closer.

Mujica, who was acquired from San Diego in November as part of the Cameron Maybin trade, has a 2.85 ERA and 35/5 K/BB ratio in 47 innings for the Marlins after posting a 3.80 ERA and 148/25 K/BB ratio in 163 innings for the Padres.

In three seasons as a closer Nunez has a 3.63 ERA while converting 82 percent of his save chances, which is basically right around the MLB average for ninth-inning save opportunities. Getting a solid prospect or two for him, handing Mujica the gig, and then perhaps dealing Mujica for a solid prospect or two in a couple years would make all kinds of sense for the Marlins.

Create closers out of quality setup man, extract value, repeat.

  1. b7p19 - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Well, I guess this is as good a time as any to revisit the ‘ol “anybody can close vs. It takes an abundancy of ‘IT’ to pitch in the ninth” argument.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe this is insensitive of me but when I saw this picture it reminded me of Beavis and Butthead. The facial expression is spot on.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Ever see a photo of Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua? If it ain’t Beavis and Butthead, it’s probably still good for Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

    • ta192 - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Insensitive or not, still funny…

    • kiwicricket - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      Looks like he’s had a bottle of Cabernet

  3. FC - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Create closers out of quality setup man, extract value, repeat.

    Create quality players, send them to contenders, end up 3rd or lower in the standings by season’s end, repeat.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      Scrooge McLoria would probably make more money if he kept his best ballplayers and sold his Kindly Uncle Wesses, John Bucks, Bryan Petersens and Chris Volstads for ethanol.

    • ta192 - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      We here in the Habana suburbs refer to that as “The Marlin’s Way”…

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