Royals add Guillermo Mota on minor league deal
The Royals followed the Brad Penny signing by inking pitcher Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract for the 2014 season. Mota will receive an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Mota, 40, last pitched in the Majors in 2012, when he was Penny’s teammate in San Francisco. Mota made 26 relief appearances for the Giants that season, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA, recording 24 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. The right-handed reliever began his career in 1999 with the Montreal Expos and has pitched for six other organizations: Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04, 2009), Florida (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) New York Mets (2006-07), Milwaukee (2008) and San Francisco (2010-12). He is 39-45 in 743 appearances (all in relief) with a 3.94 ERA. Since 1999, only five other pitchers have made more relief appearances than Mota.
Mota and Penny were actually involved in the same trade in 2004 – a six-player deal that sent Penny, Hee Seop Choi and Bill Murphy to the Dodgers, with Mota joining Paul LoDuca and Juan Encarnacion in Florida.