The Athletics purchased Motter's contract from the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on Tuesday and assigned him to Double-A Midland. After being cut by the Tigers in mid-May, Motter quickly moved on to the independent ranks to continue his career. The Athletics saw enough from Motter during his 33-game stint with New Britain to give him a look, but he's unlikely to serve as anything more than a depth option in the high minors during his time with the organization.
Motter was released by the Tigers on Tuesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. Motter has received big-league at-bats in each of the last three seasons but has a .191/.263/.312 line in 143 career games. He was released after hitting .148 in 10 games for Double-A Erie.
The Tigers signed Motter (face) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The 29-year-old recently took part in a tryout camp for the Tigers, who evidently felt he could provide some value to the organization as a utility man. Motter is likely reporting to spring training too late to have a realistic shot at cracking the Opening Day roster, but he could merit a callup at some point in 2019 if he shows well at Triple-A Toledo. He saw action in 17 games in the majors last season between the Twins and Mariners and owns a .191/.263/.312 slash line (58 wRC+) over 411 career plate appearances in the big leagues.
Motter, who had been playing with Toros Del Este in the Dominican Winter League, relayed Thursday via his personal Twitter account that he left the club and returned to the United States to undergo facial surgery. Motter didn't offer specifics regarding an official diagnosis of his injury, but it sounds like he could be dealing with a fracture after he was hit by a pitch. The surgery will more than likely carry a multi-week recovery timetable, but Motter shouldn't face any restrictions by the time hitters report to spring training. The utility man is still looking to find a new home after being released by the Twins in late August.
Motter was cut loose by the Twins on Wednesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Motter was designated for assignment a month ago after failing to impress with the big-league club, going just 1-for-19 in nine games. Across his past 14 outings for Triple-A Rochester, he's slashed just .118/.207/.275 with three RBI. He will look to latch on with another organization, though it's unlikely that he will make much of an impact at the major-league level.