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SAN FRANCISCO – Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff and Ryan Theriot might have announced their retirements, but Guillermo Mota isn’t ready to give up the life just yet.
Mota, who vowed to pitch again when he received his World Series ring last August, has signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. He’ll be in big league camp this spring along with former Giant Brad Penny.
Mota, who turned 40 in July, has a 3.94 ERA in 743 games over 14 seasons. Not bad for a minor league shortstop in the Mets system who made a late conversion to the mound.
His career also will be marked by the two suspensions he served after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, although MLB believed he was being credible when he blamed his second positive on a stimulant (clenbuterol) he unwittingly ingested when he used some of his daughter’s cough syrup.
The Royals and Baltimore Orioles appear to be vying for the title of “most former Giants in camp.” It’s been nothing short of a raid on the Giants system from the Orioles, who signed outfielder Francisco Peguero to a major league contract after the Giants designated him for assignment. The Orioles also picked up catcher Johnny Monell when he was sacrificed for roster space. And they signed Triple-A infielder Brock Bond to a minor league contract, too.
And while they never appeared in a Giants uniform, the Orioles also picked up infielder Sharlon Schoop and pitcher Tim Alderson – the right-hander who was traded to the Pirates for Freddy Sanchez in 2009.
As for Sanchez? He hasn't played a day since he dislocated his shoulder while diving for a ground ball on June 10, 2011. He wasn't with a professional organization last year. And last I checked, he was staying in shape by playing pickup basketball. But he hasn't retired, officially.