MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug.
Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of his testimony.
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador also tested positive for Clenbuterol, which led to his being stripped of the 2010 title.
Mota is earning $1 million in his 14th big-league season and the 38-year-old right-hander has a 5.06 ERA in 11 innings for the Giants as a middle reliever.
Interestingly, he served up a homer to Ryan Braun on Saturday in what might prove to be the final appearance of his career.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.