01/14/2009 7:37 PM ET
Dodgers agree to terms with pitcher Guillermo Mota on one-year deal
Reliever returns to Los Angeles, where he enjoyed his best season in 2003
LOS ANGELES -- The National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota on a one-year contract. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
"Guillermo is a power arm that can stabilize the back of our bullpen," Colletti said. "He's had plenty of success in L.A. before and we look forward to seeing that again."
Mota appeared in 58 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season, helping the team to its first division championship since 1982. The native of the Dominican Republic went 5-6 with one save and a 4.11 ERA (26 ER/57.0 IP) with 50 strikeouts for Milwaukee and also appeared in two Division series contests against Philadelphia.
The right-hander began his career in Montreal and appeared in 133 games for the Expos from 1999-2001, before being traded to the Dodgers in March of 2002. Mota then matured into one of Eric Gagné's primary set up men over the next two seasons and went 7-6 with a 2.60 ERA (66 ER/228.2 IP) in 171 games for Los Angeles from 2002-04.
In 2003, Mota enjoyed a dominating campaign, going 6-3 with one save and a 1.97 ERA (23 ER/105.0 IP) in 76 games. Batters hit just .206 against him that season and Mota established career highs in wins, games, innings pitched, and strikeouts (99).
In 2004, Mota had a record of 8-4 with a 2.14 ERA when he was traded to the Florida Marlins in July with Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion in exchange for Brad Penny, Hee-Seop Choi, and Bill Murphy.
After spending parts of two seasons with the Marlins, Mota was dealt again, this time with Josh Beckett to the Boston Red Sox for among others, Hanley Ramirez. Before Mota had settled in Boston, he was traded to Cleveland in January of 2006 and then shipped to the New York Mets that August.
Mota stabilized the Mets' bullpen down the September stretch, allowing just two runs in 18 innings pitched and earning a spot on their postseason roster, where he appeared in seven games against the Dodgers and Cardinals in the 2006 NLDS and NLCS.
Since 2003, Mota has averaged 62 appearances per season and in his career, the set-up man is 33-35 with eight saves and a 3.97 ERA in 548 games.