Mota Busted

Well that answers some questions …

Guillermo Mota has been suspended for the first 50 games of the 2007 season for violating MLB’s drug policy.

After pitching like crap for the Cleveland Indians for much of 2006, Mota came into Flushing and performed like it was 2003 again — lights-out, and dominating. It seemed implausible that a reliever could do so poorly — AL or NL — then come in and do so well nearly overnight.

Now we know how.

What seemed to be a great find for the Mets is now a public relations disaster. Certainly, many fans hoped Mota would re-sign with the Mets and give our team perhaps the most dominating bullpen ever seen in 2007. Teaming with Duaner Sanchez, Aaron Heilman, and Billy Wagner, Mota would help shorten games even more. There might even be the possibility that his presence would allow Heilman to go back to the rotation.

Instead, it was all a farce.

Sure, the Mets can still re-sign Mota, but they won’t be able to use him until late May, or early June. That’s not necessarily a bad thing — fresh arms at that time are a welcome addition — but the problem is, we don’t know if he’s really the dominating pitcher he showed to be in September of 2006, or if that was the steroids. Who knows, his great years in Los Angeles may well have been the result of doping, since there wasn’t any testing before 2005.

Too bad, it was fun to watch Mota come in and blow people away. And with him and Sanchez returning, it looked like Aaron Heilman might finally get his wish.

Back to the drawing board.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.