Oft-injured right-hander Felipe Paulino, who spent most of last season on the White Sox’s disabled list after signing a $1.75 million deal, has signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs.
Paulino was previously cut loose by the Red Sox this spring and is just now finding another Triple-A gig at age 31.
When healthy Paulino has very good raw stuff and has shown flashes of potential, mostly for the Royals in 2011 and 2012. However, his career ERA is 5.22 in 404 innings despite 373 strikeouts because he’s struggled to consistently throw strikes, given up too many homers, and been hurt about half the time.
The Red Sox have had a busy day, signing Felipe Paulino and Alexi Ogando (as well as Bryan LaHair). With some arms in tow, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports now reports that they’re willing to trade reliever Edward Mujica. It’s unclear how much, if any, of Mujica’s $4.75 million salary the Red Sox might be willing to cover in a deal.
Mujica, 30, finished the 2014 season with a 3.90 ERA and a 43/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings, his first with the Red Sox. He had been coming off back-to-back seasons with an ERA below 3.00, but saw his strikeout rate (17%) dip to its lowest level since 2008 and his walk rate climb to its highest (5.5%) since ’08 as well.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
Paulino was once a young power with lots of upside, but injuries have repeatedly derailed his career. He missed all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled in his comeback last season for the White Sox, logging just 18 innings.
Prior to the injuries Paulino had a mid-90s fastball and posted a 3.86 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 177 innings between 2011 and 2012, but at this point he’s just a no-risk flier.