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.
Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that the Mariners may have some interest in acquiring second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets. The club hasn’t confirmed anything of the kind, naturally, but the prevailing thought is that they’ll need some insurance at second base if they reach the playoffs, since Cano’s current 80-game suspension precludes him from participating in any postseason series.
On Friday, club GM Jerry Dipoto revealed that Cano will likely return to the team as a first baseman once his suspension expires, while second baseman/outfielder Dee Gordon is slated to remain at the keystone for the foreseeable future. With the infield all but set in stone, however, Dipoto said that acquiring position players at this year’s deadline isn’t likely to be a “primary concern,” especially as the team focuses on strengthening their pitching staff prior to making a run at the postseason.
Still, there’s a case to be made for Cabrera. The 32-year-old second baseman has already improved on some of last year’s totals and is currently batting .282/.335/.492 with 17 home runs (16 more than Gordon has tallied so far in 2018), 21 doubles and an .827 OPS in 385 plate appearances. He could provide some much-needed support behind Gordon until Cano’s suspension lifts on August 14; following the end of the 2018 season, he’s scheduled to enter the free agent pool for 2019.