Edward Mujica to temporarily take over as closer for the Red Sox

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Red Sox manager John Farrell has temporarily removed Koji Uehara from the closer’s role and inserted Edward Mujica. Uehara has slumped, allowing runs in five of his last six appearances. That includes last night’s stint in which he allowed a game-tying solo home run to Mark Teixeira and a walk-off solo homer to Chase Headley in the ninth inning.

Farrell stressed that Uehara is healthy and that the right-hander isn’t being shut down for the season, as has been speculated. Bradford adds that Uehara himself requested to be taken out of the closer’s role.

Uehara had one of the best relief seasons of all time last year, finishing with a 1.09 ERA, 21 saves in 24 opportunities, and a 101/9 K/BB ratio. He also only gave up five home runs. This year, he has a 2.64 ERA with 26 saves in 30 chances and a 75/8 K/BB ratio. The two home runs Uehara allowed last night bumped up his total to 10, doubling last year’s allowance.

Mujica, who closed for the Cardinals — the runner-up in last year’s World Series — has had mediocre results as a set-up man in the Red Sox bullpen, posting a 4.13 ERA with a 39/11 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.

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Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.