It’s time for another career to be called.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that reliever Guillermo Mota has opted to retire. The 40-year old came to the decision in Spring Training, citing spending time with his family as the primary reason for stepping down. Mota had signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in January, but left camp on Friday after announcing his retirement.
Guillermo Mota pitched for 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, starting with the Montreal Expos, and moving to pitch for the Dodgers, Marlins, Indians, Mets, Brewers, and finally, the Giants. His best season came in 2003 with the Dodgers, pitching in 76 games with a 1.97 ERA in 105 innings pitched. He was traded mid-season to the Florida Marlins the next year and saw his performance dwindle.
Over his career, Mota compiled a 39-45 record with a lifetime 3.94 ERA in 743 games, 856.2 innings. He struck out 696 and walked 331, good for a 2.10 K/BB ratio. He retires with a career earnings of $18,208,000.