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Guillermo Mota

Guillermo Mota
Mota in a San Francisco Giants uniform
Mota with the San Francisco Giants in 2011
MLB Player information
NameGuillermo Mota
PositionRelief pitcher
MLB debutMay 2, 1999 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Win Loss39 44
Earned run average3.91
*Montreal Expos (1999 2001) *Los Angeles Dodgers (2002 2004) *Florida Marlins (2004 2005) *Cleveland Indians (2006) *New York Mets (2006 2007) *Milwaukee Brewers (2008) *Los Angeles Dodgers (2009) *San Francisco Giants (2010 present)
*World Series champion (2010)

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Guillermo Reynoso Mota (born July 25, 1973) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. He stands 6 ft 6 in (2 m) tall and weighs 240 lb (108.9 kg). He throws and bats right-handed. Previously, Mota has played for the Montreal Expos, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Florida Marlins, the Cleveland Indians, the New York Mets, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He throws three pitches: a fastball, a slider, and a circle changeup.

Mota was originally signed by the New York Mets in 1990 as an infielder. After several years in their organization, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the Rule 5 draft in 1996 and converted into a pitcher in 1997. Mota had a 2.96 ERA in 1999, his rookie season, but he struggled in his next two seasons and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to 2002. His struggles continued in his first year with the Dodgers, but Mota had a career year in 2003, as he had a 6 3 record with a 1.97 ERA in 76 games. He became the setup man to closer Éric Gagné in 2004, but was traded to the Florida Marlins midseason. Mota started 2005 as their closer, but Todd Jones took over the role when Mota got hurt in April. Following the year, Mota was traded to the Boston Red Sox.

Before Mota ever played for the Red Sox, however, he was traded again to the Cleveland Indians. He struggled in his time with the Indians in 2006 and was designated for assignment by them in August. The New York Mets acquired him, and Mota improved mightily upon joining them. Following the season, he became a free agent, but he again signed with the Mets. After struggling in 2007, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He got off to a poor start with Milwaukee in 2008 but improved in the second half. Following the season, Mota became a free agent and signed with the Dodgers again. He had his best year since 2004 and became a free agent again after the season. For the first time in his career, in 2010 he signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. After making the team out of spring training, Mota won his first career World Series despite struggling at times during the season. Following the season, he signed another minor league contract with the Giants and made the team out of spring training again.

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