Mota returning to Giants on minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants and right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota have agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

The Giants confirmed Monday that Mota was staying with the World Series champions. He made the opening day roster in 2010 after signing a minor league contract last February.

Mota, 37, went 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 56 appearances over 54 innings for San Francisco in his 12th major league season. He pitched twice in the World Series against Texas, beaten in five games by the Giants.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean is doing his best to keep the bullpen and roster intact heading into 2011.