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Mota gets Series ring, expresses desire to return

Mota gets Series ring, expresses desire to return


MIAMI -- Former Giants reliever and Miami native Guillermo Mota received his 2012 World Series ring on Saturday. While visiting during San Francisco's batting practice, Mota said he would like to pitch two more seasons in the Majors.

Mota, who said he turned down a Minor League deal offered by the Orioles earlier this year, would like to return to the Giants' bullpen next season.

"I want to be here," Mota said. "I have too much fun here. I want to come back."

After hearing Mota's comeback plan, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said: "That's what he told me. I said, 'Well, we're a little strapped in the 'pen tonight if you want to get ready.' He actually mentioned maybe trying to throw next year."

Mota spent three seasons with the Giants from 2010-12, compiling a 3-6 record with a 4.18 ERA in 155 innings. He pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the 2010 World Series and gave up four earned runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings during the 2012 playoffs.

In May 2012, Mota was suspended 100 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the second time in his career.

Mota was greeted warmly by several Giants players, including Hunter Pence. Bochy said having the reliever back in the clubhouse on Saturday was nice.

"He got his ring," Bochy said. "He was really excited, pumped about it. The guys were excited about seeing Mota. ... They've had a good time revisiting."

Asked if he preferred his new World Series ring to his first, Mota was quick to respond, "Oh yeah."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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