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Guillermo Mota announces his retirement

Royals’ right-handed pitcher Guillermo Mota has announced his retirement from professional baseball after a 14-year career in the Major Leagues.  He signed a minor league contract with the Royals on January 16.

“I’ve always admired Guillermo as a person and a player.  I’d like to thank him,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said.  “However, in talking with him, he indicated that he wanted to spend more time with his family.”

Mota, 40, hadn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.  He made 26 relief appearances for San Francisco 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 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 was 39-45 in 743 appearances (all in relief) with a 3.94 ERA.  Between 1999 and 2012, only five pitchers made more relief appearances than Mota.

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.

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