By Mike Steffanos
The Mets picked up 33-year-old reliever Guillermo Mota from the Cleveland Indians for the ubiquitous Player to be Named Later. Mets.com's Bryan Hoch quotes GM Omar Minaya:
Our scouts say the velocity is good, he's healthy. Hopefully a change of scenery and change of leagues will help him produce better results.
To me, the bullpen is something that's very critical, and it's an area you should always protect yourself. Being able to get Mota gives us another arm in the bullpen that can hopefully protect leads.
We feel comfortable with our coaches and our staff to be able to turn Guillermo Mota around.
Mota hasn't pitched for Cleveland in almost a month, and wasn't very effective when he did pitch. Still, it's a reasonable gamble for the Mets. Mota was a top set-up man 2 years ago, and should have something left in the tank.
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