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12/07/2006 9:55 PM ET
Mets sign RHP Guillermo Mota
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The New York Mets announced today that they have signed righthanded pitcher Guillermo Mota to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Mota, 33, went 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 games with the Mets after he was acquired along with cash considerations from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later on August 20th. In 18.0 innings, he allowed 10 hits, two runs, earned, with five walks and 19 strikeouts.

Since 2002, the 6-6, 210-pounder ranks fourth among major league relievers with 384.0 innings. Only Scot Shields, Mike Timlin and David Weathers have pitched more.

"I feel that the bullpen was one of the keys to our success last year," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "Adding Guillermo Mota strengthens our bullpen with another quality arm."

Guillermo posted a 2-0 mark with a 2.42 ERA (six earned runs/22.1 innings) after the All-Star break last year.

He was 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 34 games with Cleveland in 2006. In 37.2 innings, he permitted 45 hits, 27 runs, 26 earned, with 19 walks and 27 strikeouts.

Mota went 2-2 with two saves and a 4.70 ERA in 56 games with Florida in 2005. In 67.0 innings, he surrendered 65 hits, 38 runs, 35 earned, with 32 walks and 60 strikeouts.

Overall, Guillermo has compiled a 26-27 mark with seven saves and a 3.70 ERA in 438 major league games with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Marlins, Indians and Mets. In addition, he has notched 421 strikeouts in 520.0 innings.

Mota will be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2007 season after violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"Guillermo took responsibility for his actions and expressed extreme remorse for his mistake," said Minaya. "He handled himself in a stand-up manner."

At the time of his suspension, Mota issued the following statement:

"I have no one to blame but myself," said Mota. "I take full responsibility for my actions and accept MLB's suspension. I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable.

"To my teammates and the entire Mets organization, I am sorry. I truly regret what I did and hope that you can forgive me. To baseball fans everywhere, I understand that you are disappointed in me, and I don't blame you. I feel terrible and I promise this is the first and last time that this will happen. I am determined to prove to you that this was one mistake."

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