The Chief is back! In 2013 he was a All Star. Today the Cardinals finalized a minor-league deal with Mujica, according to sources. The deal does not include an invitation to major-league camp. That could change, of course, based on his readiness in late February and whether the Cardinals have a need for another reliever, based on injury or innings that they have to cover. The team has drawn from its minor-league camp before and extended non-roster invites to camp after spring training has opened.
Muijica had appearances for Detroit’s Toledo affiliate last year and struck out 46 in 56 innings pitched with a 1.07 WHIP. He was promoted to the majors and installed as a setup man for the Tigers, but he was gone and off the roster after five games. He had a 9.95 ERA in those 6 1/3 innings and he allowed as many homers in five big-league games as he did in 56 Triple-A games (four).
Source: Derrick Goold