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.
Motter was designated for assignment by the Twins following Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Motter was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, but the Twins needed to make a move to clear space on the 40- and 25-man rosters for the return of Ervin Santana (finger) from the 60-day disabled list. Motter was claimed by the Twins in late May after being designated for assignment by the Mariners.
Motter was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Motter has played in seven big-league games for the Twins this season, though he's failed to collect a hit in 11 plate appearances. The 28-year-old will provide additional depth all around the diamond, particularly in right field or at third base.
Motter (concussion) was activated off the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday and optioned to Triple-A Rochester, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
The 28-year-old spent the minimum seven days on the concussion DL but the Twins will opt to keep Willians Astudillo on the 25-man roster as a utility man for the time being. Motter has struggled at the plate in the majors and the minors this season, batting below the Mendoza Line at both levels.
Motter (concussion) took grounders Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
The team believes he's progressing as well as possible. He's eligible to return from the disabled list July 6 and seems on track to do so, though recovery times from concussions can be hard to predict.
Motter (concussion) thinks he will be able to return at or shortly after the seven-day minimum stay on the disabled list, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
He will be eligible to return July 6 and apparently thinks he will back around that date. Motter said he was feeling better Saturday and hopes to do 15-20 minutes on the stationary bike. Ehire Adrianza figures to get the bulk of the playing time while Motter is out.
Motter was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday, source reports.
Motter will be out until at least July 6, though recovery times from concussions are difficult to predict. Prior to the injury, Motter had hit just .138/.242/.241 in 15 games for the Mariners and Twins. Willians Astudillo was called up to take his place on the roster.
Motter was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Motter will provide the ability to defend all around the diamond, especially at the middle infield and corner outfield spots. The 28-year-old's downside is his inability to hit, which will keep his playing time to a minimum while he's with the big-league team. Over 50 games at the Triple-A level split between Rochester and Tacoma this year, Motter is slashing .190/.274/.354 with six home runs and 22 RBI.
Motter was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Motter has quickly found a new home after being designated for assignment by the Mariners on Sunday. He compiled a lackluster .197/.279/.367 slash line across 165 plate appearances with Triple-A Tacoma this season, but his ability to play multiple positions likely intrigued Minnesota. The utility man will report to Triple-A Rochester, where he'll serve as organizational depth.
The Mariners designated Motter from assignment Sunday, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Motter totaled 68 starts at six different positions for the Mariners in 2017, but the utility man fell out of favor this season after Seattle picked up another jack-of-all-trades type in Andrew Romine over the winter. Though Dee Gordon's toe injury and Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension have challenged the Mariners' depth in the infield, Motter wasn't viewed as a viable solution after slashing .197/.279/.367 across 165 plate appearances for Triple-A Tacoma this season. The Mariners will now have seven days to trade Motter or expose him to the waiver wire.
Motter was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
Motter was sent down in order to clear room for spot starter Ariel Miranda. The utility man's performances haven't merited a demotion, as he hit .267/.353/.467 over 17 plate appearances, but he's a fringe player with options remaining, so he ended up being the odd man out. He could be shuttling back and forth along Interstate 5 a lot this season. His 10 homers and 12 steals in 390 career plate appearances make him an intriguing budget power-speed option during his stays with the Mariners, though his .198 career batting average gives him a pretty low floor.
Motter went 2-for-3 in a 2-1 win over the Astros on Monday.
Motter drew a second straight start at first base and followed up his home run Sunday with his first multi-hit effort of the season. The versatile 28-year-old projects to continue seeing steady playing time as long as Ryon Healy (ankle) remains sidelined, and his ability to fill in at multiple other positions should afford him additional opportunities.
Motter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
It was just Motter's third start of the season, and the home run was only the second hit on the year for the 28-year-old. Motter punished Triple-A pitchers last year to the tune of a .350/.427/.640 slash line at Tacoma, but his bat has yet to catch up in the big leagues. Until Ryon Healy (ankle) returns, Motter should continue seeing the occasional opportunity at first base.
Motter was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
With Nelson Cruz (ankle) hitting the disabled list, the Mariners were in need of another bat. Motter will fill that void, though it's unlikely that he'll fill a regular role during his time in Seattle. The utility man demolished Triple-A pitching last season to the tune of a 1.067 OPS, but he failed to translate it to the big leagues, batting .198 in 258 at-bats.
Motter was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
The Mariners kept Motter around in case Ichiro Suzuki wasn't ready to go for the start of the season, but with Suzuki being cleared to return, Motter will open the season in the minors. The 28-year-old utility man hit an impressive .350/.427/.640 across 117 plate appearances with Tacoma last season, but he failed to translate that success to the majors, hitting just .198/.257/.326 across 280 plate appearances with the Mariners. Given his versatility, he'll likely be back with the big club at some point in 2018.
Motter is batting .314 with a home run and six stolen bases over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.
Motter's six steals were tied for the second-most among all players in spring training entering action Tuesday. Though he continues to flash the power and speed combination that made him a solid fantasy performer early last season when he was picking up regular at-bats in place of an injured Jean Segura, Motter eventually fell back into a bench role and faded down the stretch to finish with a .198 average. A .232 BABIP contributed heavily to his demise, as Motter's 31 percent hard-hit rate suggests he probably deserved a better fate. Motter will be worth keeping an eye on if a long-term injury opens up steady playing time for him in the infield or outfield.
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