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Jason Motte | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Dec 22 - 4:54 PM

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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.
Dec 19 - 11:41 AM

Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com 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.
Dec 15 - 6:20 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.
Oct 1 - 4:31 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.
Sep 2 - 3:27 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.
Sep 1 - 11:22 AM

Jason Motte (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday.

It's not clear how many rehab appearances he'll need, but Motte should be activated soon. He's been out since early August with a lower back sprain.
Aug 31 - 12:25 PM

Jason Motte (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.

It's the third time he's thrown off a mound since landing on the disabled list. Motte's next step isn't clear, but he seems to be progressing towards and early September return.
Aug 29 - 5:53 PM

Jason Motte (back) played catch on Tuesday.

Motte made about 15 throws from 90 feet in his first throwing workout since landing on the disabled list in early August with a lower back sprain. He is tracking toward an early-September return to the St. Louis bullpen.
Aug 19 - 4:04 PM

Jason Motte (back) has yet to resume throwing.

Motte was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a lower back strain. He's unlikely to return until September.
Aug 14 - 5:16 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 2, with a lower back sprain.

It's not clear how long Motte has been dealing with the injury, nor is it known how long he'll be out. The reliever has struggled in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 24 appearances. Nick Greenwood has replaced him on the roster.
Aug 8 - 1:28 PM

Jason Motte went 1 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks in his first appearance since 2012.

Motte's fastball velocity was just 92-93 mph -- down several ticks from where it was before Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. But his cutter looked sharp and he helped the Cardinals to a 12th-inning victory. With Carlos Martinez struggling, Motte could quickly move into the primary setup role in St. Louis.
May 22 - 12:24 AM

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

Motte will be an active member of the Cardinals' bullpen on Tuesday night for the first time since the 2012 playoffs. He wound up missing close to 13 months following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will likely be eased back into high-leverage situations. The bearded right-hander is expected to eventually settle in as the primary setup man for St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.
May 20 - 4:19 PM

Jason Motte (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday if he gets through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

Motte struck out five over 6 2/3 scoreless innings during a rehab assignment. He was touching 95-96 mph during the assignment, so it appears he's not far off from where he was pre-Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals figure to ease him in with low-leverage situations initially.
May 18 - 11:14 AM

Jason Motte (elbow) will throw in front of the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday before being re-evaluated.

It seems likely that he'll be activated from the disabled list Sunday if they like what they see. Motte has pitched on back-to-back day, has made a two-inning appearance and hasn't given up a run in six rehab appearances, so he doesn't really have any other boxes to check. The Cards figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.
May 16 - 5:01 PM