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Dodgers' deal wtih Guillermo Mota becomes official

January 14, 2009 |  6:15 pm

Guillermo MotaThe Dodgers officially announced today that they have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with right-hander Guillermo Mota.

Mota, 35, will be guaranteed $2.35 million this season. The deal includes $300,000 in incentives for games finished. The bonuses start at 30 games finished, meaning Mota will likely have to become the team's closer to earn any incentive pay.

Something to add to my previous Fabulous Forum post on Kris Benson: It appears the Dodgers are only monitoring Benson at this time. The club's interest in the 34-year-old starting pitcher is minimal, according to a team source.

The Dodgers are taking the same approach with former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero, whom they also watched throw on flat ground recently.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Milwaukee Brewers reliever Guillermo Mota pitches on April 19, 2008, against the Reds in Cincinnati. Credit: Al Behrman / Associated Press