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Royals ink Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract

Jan 16, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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After securing Brad Penny as a non-roster invitee yesterday, the Royals added another familiar name today by signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Mota hasn’t pitched professionally since 2012 as a member of the Giants when he posted a 5.23 ERA over 26 appearances. He served a 100-game suspension that year after his second positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. That was the longest PED suspension ever before Alex Rodriguez‘s recent ban. Miguel Tejada was handed a 105-game suspension last summer, but it was for amphetamine use.

Mota owns a 3.94 ERA over 14 seasons in the majors. He’ll turn 41 in July.

  1. dylanthom2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    I thought he was dead.

  2. NYTolstoy - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I thought he was permanently band? Keep on trucken Mota

    • jwbiii - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      With Manny Ramirez apparently out of the picture, Mota is the most likely player to get a permanent ban.

  3. temporarilyexiled - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Best news I’ve heard in a while.

    This makes it somewhat more unlikely that he’ll somehow play for the Giants this year.

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