Mujica joins Cardinals in Colorado

Mujica joins Cardinals in Colorado

DENVER -- Admittedly caught off guard by the Marlins' decision to trade him before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Edward Mujica had much more on his mind than simply how he'd make it to Colorado to join the Cardinals.

Mujica is a new father, his daughter Brianna having been born on July 12 in Miami. That means it's not only Mujica who is making the in-season move. It's his family, too.

"It was crazy for me. But it's part of the business," Mujica said of the trade, which sent former Cardinals first-rounder Zack Cox to the Marlins. "You don't know where you're going to be tomorrow. I take it like that. My wife, I don't think she takes it like that. She was a little bit sad about that because we have everything down in Miami. But I tell her it's part of the business and we have to move forward."

Mujica becomes another sixth- and seventh-inning option for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who has had trouble finding reliable arms to cover those innings all season. Mujica pitched predominately in a late-inning role with the Marlins. The right-hander had a 4.38 ERA in 41 games.

"Wherever they want to use me, I'm going to try to do my best every night," said Mujica, who will wear No. 44. "It's my job."

Mujica's results over the next two months won't only help to determine the Cardinal's season. Those results will play a role in whether St. Louis opts to bring the 28-year-old back in 2013. Mujica will be arbitration eligible for the third and final time this winter. Having that extra year of control was one of the factors that drew the Cardinals to Mujica in their search for relief help at the Deadline.