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Red Sox Finalize Deal With Mujica

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Reliever Edward Mujica #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals kisses the ball at Busch Stadium on September 28, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Reliever Edward Mujica #44 of the St. Louis Cardinals kisses the ball at Busch Stadium on September 28, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox have finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with right-handed reliever Edward Mujica.

Mujica had 37 saves and a career-best 2.78 ERA for St. Louis in 2013 and was selected an All-Star for the first time. But he lost his job as closer with a series of bad outings in September and pitched only two innings in the Cardinals’ playoff run, which ended with a six-game World Series loss to Boston.

Mujica gives the Red Sox some protection if closer Koji Uehara, who turns 39 in April, cannot repeat his 2013 performance next season.

In an eight-year career, the 29-year-old Venezuelan has a 19-19 record with 41 saves and a 3.75 ERA.

The deal, agreed to Thursday and announced Saturday, calls for salaries of $4.75 million a season. He can earn $1 million annually in performance based on games finished: $125,000 for 20 and each additional five through 55.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 

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