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Jason Motte | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Iona
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Motte (shoulder) threw a simulated game at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
Motte has been on the shelf since late August with a strained right shoulder but could be added to the NLCS roster if the Cubs advance. He posted a 3.91 ERA and 34/11 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 relief innings during the regular season. Oct 11 - 12:37 PM

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Jason Motte (shoulder) has joined the Cubs in Pittsburgh and could be available later in the postseason should the club advance.

Motte has been sidelined since late August with a strained right shoulder and isn't on the Wild Card Game roster. Given how much time he's missed, he's probably a long shot to be added to the roster even if the Cubs have a lengthy playoff run.
Oct 6 - 8:59 PM

Jason Motte (shoulder) still isn't throwing off a mound.

Motte has been out since August 24 with a right shoulder strain and doesn't have a clear timetable for a possible return to the Cubs' bullpen. He's throwing long toss but will need to step atop a mound before the Cubs can get a real sense of when he might be ready.
Sep 16 - 4:51 PM

Jason Motte (shoulder) played catch from 120 feet on Tuesday.

Motte's return date is still up in the air, but he's finally making some progress. It's possible he won't make it back before the end of the regular season.
Sep 9 - 9:01 AM

Cubs placed RHP Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

The injury is expected to knock him out for the next 3-4 weeks, and perhaps the remainder of the regular season. Jorge Soler (oblique) might also be done until late September or early October. Motte has struggled recently but will still be a tough loss for the Cubs' middle relief corps.
Aug 24 - 11:49 AM

Jason Motte worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his sixth save as the Cubs enjoyed a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

Motte allowed a two-out hit to Eugenio Suarez, but was able to strike out Ivan De Jesus, Jr. to end the game. The right-hander has done a good job this season and particularly since the Cubs moved to a bullpen-by-committee. Motte has converted six saves in as many opportunities with a 2.63 ERA and a 25/10 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings.
Jul 22 - 10:13 PM

Jason Motte allowed a run on three hits but recovered to earn the save in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Cardinals in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Motte gave up singles to Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos to start the ninth and, after recording an out, a Tony Cruz RBI single made things interesting. But Motte righted the ship to get Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta out to end the threat, securing a sweep of the doubleheader for the Cubs. Motte now has five saves to go with a 2.97 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and Tuesday's usage further confirms he's currently the closer du jour for Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
Jul 8 - 1:07 AM

Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Mets on Tuesday.

Motte struck out one in the perfect frame. Manager Joe Maddon has been all over the map with his bullpen usage, and Tuesday he used Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop to set up for Motte in the ninth. The save was his third of the season and his first since June 22. Motte owns a 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP but can't be trusted more than any of the other options at this point.
Jun 30 - 9:47 PM

Jason Motte allowed a solo home run, but still got through the ninth inning to earn the save as the Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-2 on Monday.

Joc Pederson hit a one-out solo home run to center field. Adrian Gonzalez kept hope alive with a two-out single to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but Howie Kendrick grounded out to end the game. Hector Rondon pitched the eighth inning. Rondon had some struggles in May and may have lost complete control of the closer's role, so Motte may run into some more save chances going forward.
Jun 22 - 11:29 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jason Motte's one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs includes $2.5 million in potential incentives.

The deal appears to include incentives for games finished ($250,000 for 50-59 games finished) and appearances ($250,000 for 60 appearances, $250,000 for 65 appearances), which gives him a couple of different avenues depending on his role. The Cubs likely don't consider him a candidate for closer coming off a rough season, especially with some quality options already in-house, but things could change if his velocity bounces back to pre-Tommy John surgery level.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

The deal also contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. The Cubs plan to use Motte in a setup role, but he'll provide some insurance in case Hector Rondon struggles. Motte put up a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, but the hope is that he'll be able to regain his past form as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Bruce Levine of reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jason Motte.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $4.5 million and contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. Motte had a rough 2014 season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. Still, he's a worthy gamble on a one-year deal in hopes that his pre-surgery velocity returns. Motte held a 2.87 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning in his first five years with the Cardinals.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 06:20:00 PM

Jason Motte didn't make the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

Motte struggled mightily this season in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. The 32-year-old right-hander is going to be a free agent this winter and will likely have to settle for a "prove it" type of contract.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 04:31:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.

Motte missed a month with a lower back sprain. His velocity has not returned in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and he probably won't pitch in high-leverage situations this month for St. Louis.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Jason Motte (back) threw a scoreless rehab inning on Sunday night for Double-A Springfield.

Motte needed only 12 pitches to get through the hitless frame, though his velocity was still in the low-90s. The Cardinals will likely activate him soon, but the former closer probably won't be trusted in high-pressure relief situations down the stretch this season.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 11:22:00 AM