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Report: Rays Are “Finalists” For Guillermo Mota

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Guillermo Mota has pitched in every big league season since 1999. All of that time has led to more than 750 career innings, yet with the exception of a 37-inning stint with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, Mota has spent his entire professional career within the National League. Although it feels like just yesterday, Mota’s defining season came in 2003 when he topped 100 innings in relief with a 1.97 ERA and 2.78 FIP.

Mota has since bounced around. He spent parts of seasons with the Florida Marlins, the aforementioned Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, went back to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and last season with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Over these last three seasons, Mota has managed to strike out 6.5 batters per nine with a 1.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That number might be a little deceptive, though, as Mota has issued 13 intentional walks over the stretch. Thirteen of 74 is nearly 20%. Once you remove those intentional passes, Mota’s strikeout-to-walk ratio rises to 2.08.

The 37-year-old has always proved useful versus righties (career: .241/.300/.378) but how much of that success translates to the present day? Over the last three seasons the slash line formed of the respective highs is .240/.297/.399. His career numbers versus lefties aren’t awful either (.231/.325/.398), although in two of the past three seasons he’s struggled against them. Mota’s batted ball portfolio shows favoritism towards righties as well, with an uptick in groundball percentage (45% versus righties, whereas his career mark versus lefties is 36%).

Something worth considering with Mota is his batting average on balls in play. For his career, it’s .278, and he’s only had two seasons over .300. The sample size is large enough to assume there’s some skill at work here. A reduced hit rate is an aspect FIP doesn’t account for, so it should come as no surprise that Mota’s tERA (which does take batted balls into account) is lower and almost identical to his ERA.

Mota’s not the big-named late inning guy everyone is hoping for. He’s not Jon Rauch or Octavio Dotel, but he can be a useful member of a bullpen and should come at a cost comparable to Joel Peralta.



One Comment

  1. razzlegator wrote:

    Here’s a video of this guy. Not very flattering.
    http://sammagonline.blogspot.com/2007/12/piazza-vs-mota.html

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