Monday, December 20, 2010

Dodgers Win Mota Sweepstakes By Allowing Giants To Pick Him Up

I am ecstatic that one of the many minor-league invitation deals we signed this off-season will not include Guillermo Mota, who was signed by the Giants yesterday:

The Giants have agreed to sign Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, tweets Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. The Dodgers and Rays were also considered finalists for his services.

Mota, 37, appeared in 56 games for the World Champion Giants in 2010, pitching to a 4.33 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9. He then chipped in another 2.1 scoreless innings in the postseason. According to PitchFX, he was still flirting with the mid-90's with his fastball.

Yeah, and according to my imagination, I'm still flirting with Olivia Wilde. Mota was awesome in 2003-2004 for the Dodgers (ERA+ of 205 and 192) and even somewhat servicable in his second stint in 2009 (ERA+ of 116). But ever since he was associated with steroids back in 2006, he hasn't been as effective--in fact, since we dished him to the Marlins in 2004, he has had only one season besides 2009 with us which topped an ERA+ of 100. I'm glad we're passing on a third stint (for now).

He's all yours, Frisco.