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Why new Rockies reliever Jake McGee might be perfect for Coors Field

I don't much care for the move the Rockies made Thursday. I like Jake McGee just fine -- he's an excellent late-inning reliever -- and maybe I could understand the trade under different circumstances. But the Rockies don't actually project to be good, so it seems strange for them to add a reliever at the cost of an affordable, long-term outfielder. Not only that, but of the two prospects...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies: time for management to pick a path

To say that the Colorado Rockies have struggled in recent years would be a statement that every fan on Purple Row would agree with. There have been bright points such as the top offense in 2015 and there have been parts that have been less than savory, like the pitching staff for the past 22 years. GM Scott Bridich has addressed this folly in pretty much every single interview that...
Via isportsweb.com
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies' new additions Motte, Qualls will both have chance to close

Jason Motte (left) and Chad Qualls bring veteran experience to the Rockies' bullpen. Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies fortified their bullpen for 2016 by adding a pair of former closers on Tuesday, and immediately opened up a contest between the two to claim the closer role.At the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, the Rockies signed free-agent veteran right-handed relievers Jason Motte...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies sign two veteran relievers

The Colorado Rockies made their first free agent signings of the offseason. The Rockies acquired veteran relief pitchers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls. Both are former closers should and help strengthen a bullpen that ranked last in nearly every pitching category in 2015. Motte, 33, signed a two-year deal worth $10 million after going 8-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 57 appearances for the Chicago...
Via BSN Denver
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Free Agent Primer: NL Central

The Central provided three of five National League playoff teams this year including the Cubs, who ultimately lost to New York in the NLCS. There is a sharp break in the Central, however, as the top three teams not only were dominant this year, but are in good position to stay there for years to come and the bottom two are as far away from contention as any teams in baseball. Chicago...
Via The Outside Corner
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Mets, Cubs, Mounds, Manager Musings, more

Mounds are set to specifications. They need to be elevated 10 inches above the rest of the field and slope at a rate of one inch per foot over a span of at least six feet. The front edge of the rubber has to be exactly 60 feet, six inches from the rear point of home plate. They may be the same, but they don’t all feel the same. Jonathan Broxton, Steve Cishek and Jason Motte told...
Via Fangraphs
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Reclaiming St. Louis Cardinals Uniform Numbers

It should come as no surprise that some St. Louis Cardinals fans have trouble saying goodbye to former team members who depart, whether via trade or free agency. Popular Cardinals having left the organization in the last 14 months include Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, Jason Motte, Shane Robinson and Shelby Miller. One way to try to hold onto their memories is for the club to not immediately...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Free agent targets for 2016 and beyond

The 2015 Detroit Tigers season has been down the drain for well over a month now. This has been an utter disappointment for a team that had World Series aspirations coming into the season. Talks have begun to focus on what comes after the final out on October 4th, which will be the Tigers final game of the season. There are a number of potential unrestricted free agents that the...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs bullpen plays strange, and risky, game of foul-ball chicken

The Chicago Cubs bullpen has an interesting way of staying involved in the games these days. They play a strange, and seemingly risky, game called foul-ball chicken. According to the Chicago Tribune, the mastermind behind this brilliance is bullpen catcher Chad Noble. Here's how the Tribune's Mark Gonzalez explains how the game is played: During the game, as the pitchers are sitting...
Via Fox Sports
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Lose Key Players To Injuries

The Chicago Cubs have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks posting a 20-5 record in their past 25 games. They’ve been surging all right, but a pair of injuries to RHP Jason Motte and OF Jorge Soler will sideline the pair for a bit of time. Soler is dealing with a strained left oblique muscle that puts him on the DL until at least mid-September, but...
Via Baseball Essential
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs place Soler, Motte on 15-day DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jorge Soler and right-handed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list. The Cubs recalled infielder Tommy La Stella and lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa in time for Monday's makeup game against the Cleveland Indians. Soler, batting .265 with seven homers and 42 RBIs, has a left oblique strain and could miss up to a...
Via AP on Fox
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Place Jorge Soler, Jason Motte On DL

The Chicago Cubs placed right fielder Jorge Soler and relief pitcher Jason Motte on the disabled list. Soler has been grounded by a strained oblique, while the bearded right-handed sustained a strained right shoulder. The injuries ding the Cubs' depth in the outfield and in the bullpen, but winning four in a row over the weekend provided a six-game cushion over the San Francisco...
Via Fox Sports
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Get Bit Hard By Injury

The Chicago Cubs today announced that both Jason Motte and Jorge Soler would be missing time due to injury today.    The time frame for Soler is not good, he is expected to miss a month, perhaps the rest of the season if things don’t go perfectly for him. While the length Motte might miss is not known, I cannot believe that he will be back quickly either.    Add in that Addison...
Via World Series Dreaming
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs pitcher Motte talks Maddon, catching and Cornhole

The bearded wonder, Cubs relief pitcher Jason Motte, joined WGN on Monday to discuss the team's recent hot streak, leadership, manager Joe Maddon, the enemy Red Birds and why he decided to make the switch from catcher to big-league pitcher."Well, I hit about a buck-80, and I was behind a catcher named Yadier Molina," Mott said. "He was decent, he was alright."The main reason for...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Motte relishes the pressure

  Cubs reliever Jason Motte has found himself on the mound with the game on the line a lot recently and he couldn't be happier about it. “I love those situations,” Motte told CSN Chicago. “That’s what I did before surgery and that’s my goal after surgery to get back pitching in those situations. I didn’t know where I was going to be or who I was going to play for but...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Jason Motte on the rise

Relief pitcher Jason Motte once dominated the Chicago Cubs. In six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals he gave up only three runs in 26.2 innings for an ERA of 1.03 when facing the Cubbies. Tired of being beaten by Motte, the Chicago Cubs front office signed Motte to a 1-year, $4.5 million contract this past December. So far, Motte has been everything the Cubs had hoped for. Photo...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Maddon still undecided on closer

Hector Rondon was lifted after facing just one batter on Saturday. On Sunday, Jason Motte came in to save the game. So who is the Cubs' closer? Well it may just be a bit random for the forseeable future. "I'll jus wait till that day," Maddon told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked who will get the next save opportunity. Maddon oftentimes used the closer-by-committee method...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres 5, Cubs 2 (4/19/15)

OSS: Schlitter and Motte implode, and the Cubs fail to convert on two bases-loaded situations. Three Up 1. Dexter Fowler got things started in this game, singling and scoring in the first. Then, he bunted for a single in the 9th, getting the tying run to the plate. He has been an excellent addition to the team this year. 2. Edwin Jackson kept the Cubs in this game with 2 innings...
Via Obstructed View
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

Last January, I published my predictions of the topics I thought could evolve into the top five stories across the Cardinals Nation for the then-coming year of 2014. Today, with the benefit of full hindsight, including the top 20 stories of 2014 countdown now on the books, it is time to take my annual look back at my initial forecast. After all, anyone can make predictions, but how...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs, reliever Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

  Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL Championship Series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in May 2013...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL championship series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New Cub Jason Motte has something to say to Cardinals Nation

ST. LOUIS -- Even as a member of the Cubs, it will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte.  The former Cardinals closer is leaving St. Louis for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Chicago, but right-hander made sure to show his appreciation on the way out for the only organization he's ever known since being drafted in the 19th round in 2003.   
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinal Motte agrees to one-year, $4.5M deal with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte is moving to the other side of one of baseball's best rivalries. The veteran reliever is leaving St. Louis for a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. Motte made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team that selected him in the 19th...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinal Motte agrees to one-year, $4.5M deal with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte is moving to the other side of one of baseball's best rivalries. The veteran reliever is leaving St. Louis for a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. Motte made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team that selected him in the 19th...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB News: Lowrie, Anderson, Motte and Rios have new clubs

Four relatively big free-agents have found new homes today, as Jed Lowie, Brett Anderson, Jason Motte and Alex Rios all were signed by new ball clubs. Lowrie, 30, is going to the Houston Astros, on a three-year/$23 million deal with an option for a fourth year. He hit for a .249 batting average with six homers and 50 RBIs last season with the Oakland A’s. The Astros now seemingly...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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