Guillermo Mota retires

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After signing a minor league deal with the Royals back in January, veteran reliever Guillermo Mota has retired, reports Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Mota wanted to spend more time with his family.

Mota, 40, spent 14 seasons in the big leagues. He ends his career with a 3.94 ERA in 856 2/3 innings. His best season came in 2003 with the Dodgers, when he posted a 1.97 ERA in 105 innings over 76 relief appearances.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.