Guillermo Mota rejoins Giants after 100-game suspension

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Back in May veteran reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended 100 games for his second positive performance enhancing drug test and today the right-hander rejoined the Giants’ active roster after serving his punishment.

At the time Mota claimed that his positive test for Clenbuterol was the result of taking a children’s cough medicine, which his agent called “severe and unfair and does not reflect the intention of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

MLB did not deny that Mota’s story was plausible, yet the punishment stood and he sat out 100 games without pay. Now the 39-year-old returns to a team that just lost Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension and will give the Giants some middle relief innings down the stretch.

Padres trade Brad Hand, Adam Cimber to the Indians for Francisco Mejia

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians. In return the Padres are getting top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.

Cimber is another fine reliever who, along with Hand, suddenly transforms the Indians’ bullpen. He’s a 27-year-old rookie, but he’s been a very useful one this year, posting a 3.17 ERA in 42 games, with a K/BB ratio of 51/10 in 48.1 innings. He’s pitched even better than that of late and has been particularly hard on righties. He’s under team control through 2023.

In Mejia, the Padres are getting the Indians’ top hitting prospect. A catcher — though not necessarily a great defensive one — Mejia has struggled in brief stints in the big leagues thus far but is a .291/.344/.438 hitter in six minor league seasons and, at times, has shown star potential. He turns 23 in October.

A nice piece for the Padres in the long term and an immediate upgrade to the Indians’ bullpen in the short term. In short: a baseball trade.