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SF Giants Nirvana:
The Giants are bringing back Guillermo Mota. Which is cool, because it gives me a chance to step away for a second from the constant rosterbation.
Guillermo Mota is 38 years old. During his career, heâs played for seven different teams. In 2009, he was a Dodger. From 2002 to 2004, he spent time in a Dodgers uniform. There was a time when Mota was a truly dominant reliever; it didnât last long, and it was nearly ten years ago, but it happened nonetheless. And it happened when he was a Dodger: in 2003, he posted a 205 ERA+ in 105.0 innings of relief. If you go by Baseball-Reference, Mota has been worth 4.4 wins above replacement in his 13 major-league seasons. All of it â and then some â came from his tenure as a Dodger from â03 to â04. Mota has bounced around from team to team in these last thirteen years, but before he signed with the Giants in 2010, he was as much a Dodger as anything else, carrying with him that intangible Dodgers aura.
After signing with the Giants in 2010, Mota appeared in 56 games. He wasnât spectacular; he wasnât even average: 4.33 ERA/3.86 FIP/4.57 xFIP, 91 ERA+. On October 28, 2010, at age 36, Mota made his first World Series appearance, tossing one scoreless inning. A few days later, he won his first ring.
This year, the Giantsâ bullpen allowed 26 home runs. Mota accounted for ten of them. Home runs aside, Mota was solid: he struck out nearly a batter an inning (8.63/9), setting a career high in K/9. His xFIP, 3.63, was the lowest heâd posted since that dominant 2003 season, and it was one of the better marks on the team (lower than Brian Wilson, Javier Lopez, and Santiago Casilla). Twice this season â the Barry Zito foot injury, and the Madison Bumgarner disaster start â Mota went 4+ innings. He had never done that once before 2011. On August 3rd, Mota struck out six over two innings of relief, tying a career-high. It was the most strikeouts heâd tallied in a single game since â you guessed it â 2003.
Years from now, when youâre looking back at the first Giants team to win a championship in a decade, Guillermo Mota wonât be the first name to come to mind. Nor will he be the second. Or the third. Thereâs a chance that you wonât even remember him. But if you do, youâll probably remember him with some modicum of fondness. Which is more than can be said for Jose Guillen. And if you go out and buy a Mota jersey, I wonât judge you.
ZiPS projects Mota for a 96 ERA+ over 60 innings, with a K/BB hovering around 2.00. Heâll be unspectacular. But heâll be a cheap, usable arm out of the âpen.
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The San Francisco Giants are working to finalize a $1 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Guillermo Mota to bring him back for a third season.
The deal was close to done Wednesday, still pending a physical and final paperwork.
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The San Francisco Giants are close to finalizing a $1 million, one-year deal with free-agent reliever Guillermo Mota, according to The Associated Press.
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Nothing particularly shocking here, but the Giants decided on Monday night to dump Jeff Keppinger and Eli Whiteside and tender Mike Fontenot.
reported that Keppinger and Whiteside were non-tendered, and that Fontenot was offered a one-year deal.
The logic on why the Giants did this? Cost and positional flexibility -- Fontenot is cheaper than Keppinger, and he can play multiple positions...
The Giants re-signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year deal and offered contracts to nine of their other 11 arbitration-eligible players on Monday, vice president Bobby Evans said.
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The Nationals signed right-handerÂ Waldis Joaquin to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, MLBTR has learned. The hard-throwing 24-year-oldÂ became a free agentÂ in NovemberÂ after the GiantsÂ designatedÂ him for assignment.Â
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