The Royals have signed former All-Star pitcher Brad Penny and veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training. The team announced the moves Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 14 in Surprise, Ariz. The 35-year-old Penny, whose best years came with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is trying to resurrect his career after missing last season to rest his right shoulder.
Penny was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants. Mota has been with seven different clubs, most recently the Giants.
The right-hander is 39-45 with a 3.94 ERA over 14 seasons. He is coming off a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test. \
His agent says it was for clenbuterol found in children's cough syrup.