The Royals have signed veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor-league contract, the club announced on Thursday.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Mota, 40, last pitched in the majors in 2012, when he made 26 relief appearances for the Giants. Mota, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound right-hander, began in his career with the Montreal Expos in 1999 and has also played for the Dodgers, Marlins, Indians, Mets and Brewers.
He owns a career 39-45 record with a 3.94 ERA in 743 relief appearances.
In 2012, Mota became one of three major-league players to have failed a drug test for a second time. He was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Mota was suspended for 50 games at the beginning of the 2007 season for his first offense.
The Royals also made official the signing of right-handed starting pitcher Brad Penny, 35, to a minor-league deal.