Top Jason Motte News

  • Jason Motte: Wraps up playing career

    Motte was hired as the director of player development for University of Memphis baseball program earlier in June, effectively ending his playing career, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Motte's nine-year run in the majors came to an end in March, when he was released by the Cardinals during spring training. After failing to latch on elsewhere, Motte will stay involved with baseball in Memphis, where he makes his offseason home. The 36-year-old appeared in 444 career games with the Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies and Braves, logging a 3.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 60 saves. He led the majors with 42 saves in 2012 as a member of the Cardinals and was a key reliever for St. Louis during its run to the 2011 World Series title.

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  • Jason Motte: Released by Cardinals

    Motte was released by the Cardinals on Thursday, Joe Trezza of reports.

    Unlike most non-roster invitees, Motte can't be reassigned to the minors due to his service time and must instead be given his unconditional release. The veteran reliever is likely to return to the Cardinals' organization once 48 hours have passed and would pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Memphis. He could sign a major-league deal somewhere, but with FIPs of 5.68 and 5.44 in the last two seasons and a spring training ERA of 10.13, it's unlikely that one will be offered. He's expected to be happy to start the year in his hometown of Memphis but could be up in the majors later this season when injuries strike the Cardinals' bullpen.

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  • Cardinals' Jason Motte: Will not make Opening Day roster

    Motte will not be on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Joe Trezza of reports.

    Due to his amount of service time in the big leagues, the Cardinals are required to give Motte a shot at signing a deal with another organization. If he fails to do so, the 35-year-old will be sent to Triple-A Memphis. Motte agreed to a minor-league deal with the team in mid-February after posting a 3.54 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 46 relief appearances with Atlanta last season.

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  • Cardinals' Jason Motte: Headed to St. Louis on MiLB deal

    Motte signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The veteran reliever had a bounce-back season with the Braves last season, producing a 3.54 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched. His peripherals bring up a lot of red flags, however, as he struck out just six batters per nine frames while allowing 1.3 home runs per nine. Unless something drastically changes, it's unlikely that Motte will do anything to get on the fantasy radar this season.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Reinstated from disabled list Friday

    Motte (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Mets, Mark Bowman of reports.

    Motte returns to the bullpen following a two-week stay on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Over the course of the year, the right-hander has posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 36 innings.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Placed on disabled list Friday

    Motte landed on the 10-day disabled list Friday due to a right oblique strain.

    Motte threw 17 pitches during Thursday's loss to the Cubs, giving up two earned runs in just an inning of work. It appears as though the right-hander suffered the injury at some point during his outing, although it isn't apparent when it might have happened. This marks the second time this season that Motte has been placed on the shelf, with the other coming in mid-July due to a back strain. There has been no word yet on a timetable for the 35-year-old.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Activated from disabled list Friday

    Motte (back) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Friday.

    Motte will return to the club after nearing a month without action, as his last major-league appearance occurred July 5 against the Astros. The reliever was able to make another rehab appearance Wednesday, tossing a perfect inning with Triple-A Gwinnett. In a corresponding move, the Braves placed Ian Krol on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: On pace to return Friday

    Motte (back) could return to the Braves on Friday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

    Motte has been on the disabled list since the All-Star break with a back strain, but was able to make two rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett over the past week. It appears likely that the 25-year-old returns to the bullpen prior to Friday's series opener with Miami, settling back into a high-leverage role with the club.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Begins rehab assignment

    Motte (back) began a rehab assignment Saturday at High-A Rome, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    Motte has missed the past two weeks with the back strain. Expect him to make another one or two rehab appearances before making his return at some point in early August.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Placed on disabled list

    Motte (back) was put on the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Motte suffered a back strain while warming up in the bullpen during Sunday's contest, and wasn't able to recover over the All-Star break. The reliever should be able to return once he's eligible to come off the disabled list barring any setbacks, but could wind up making a few rehab appearances if the team feels as though he could benefit from them. In a corresponding move, the Braves recalled Jason Hursh from Triple-A Gwinnett.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Suffers back strain

    Motte suffered a back strain when he was warming up in the bullpen Sunday, but the injury is not believed to be serious, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    He was checked out by the training staff, and while he obviously did not make it into the game, it sounds like he will avoid a disabled list stint and could be ready to pitch after the All-Star break. Motte has a 6.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three blown saves in his last 13.1 innings.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Struggles in recent appearances

    Motte has allowed six runs on five hits over his last two appearances (one inning).

    The 35-year-old had allowed only five runs all season prior to the disastrous series against the Astros. Motte's had an excellent 1.78 ERA prior to the last two outings, but he now has a 3.76 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 19 strikeouts across 26.1 innings for the season.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Earns first win of 2017

    Motte (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and was the pitcher of record when Atlanta took the lead in Monday's win over Washington.

    Motte has seen an increased role out of the Atlanta bullpen of late, and his 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP are solid numbers. However, he's also held opponents to an unsustainably low .196 BABIP, and his 6.2 K/9 is way down from last season's 9.1 mark. His 5.62 FIP over the past two seasons shouldn't instill confidence, either.

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  • Braves' Jason Motte: Increasing role in bullpen

    Motte hasn't allowed a run in 12 straight appearances (11 innings).

    The veteran righty got shelled in his first outing against the Brewers, but he's allowed only five hits during his scoreless streak. Motte has worked his way into higher-leverage situations with Atlanta, recording a hold in each of his last three outings. His K/9 is only 6.8, but his 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP have provided some value.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Port Huron, MI
Age: 40
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: R, R