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Giants, Mota agree to minors contract

Feb 2, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

San Francisco’s mediocre middle relief stockpile continues…

The Giants agreed to terms Tuesday on a minor league contract with reliever Guillermo Mota, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  GM Brian Sabean and Co. have now inked three unimpressive relievers to minor league contracts within the past 48 hours.  (See also: Byung-Hyun Kim and Horacio Ramirez).

Mota, 36, posted a respectable 3.44 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season in 65 1/3 innings of work for the Dodgers.  He has almost always had control problems and has lost some substantial zip on his once high-90s fastball.  But, as Baggarly notes, there is a best-case scenario:

If he makes the club and has a similar year for the Giants, he’d be an
able replacement for Bob Howry, who signed with the Diamondbacks.

Mota’s deal includes an invitation to spring training, where he’s likely to earn a spot in middle relief.

  1. Cedric Boinker - Feb 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Horacio Ramirez is left-handed.

  2. Drew Silva - Feb 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Thanks. I’m a moron.

  3. Fishy - Feb 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Can’t wait for the Giants to run him out there against Milwaukee-
    I bet Prince hasn’t forgiven him for the beaning yet-
    Should be interesting to see if he goes through the clubhouse again or takes care of it on the field-

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