Giants close to re-signing reliever Guillermo Mota

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Free agent reliever Guillermo Mota is “close to an agreement” to re-sign with the Giants, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

Mota is 38 years old, so presumably it’s a one-year deal, but he was plenty useful in throwing 80 innings with a 3.81 ERA and 77/30 K/BB ratio.

His strikeout rate of 8.6 per nine innings was actually the highest mark of Mota’s 13-season career and he was particularly effective in the second half with a 3.13 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 37 innings.

He earned $925,000 in 2011 after being signed to a minor-league contract last December.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.