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.
Motte was released by the Cardinals on Thursday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com 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.
Motte will not be on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Joe Trezza of MLB.com 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.
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.
Motte (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Mets, Mark Bowman of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Braves selected Motte's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to take his place at Gwinnett. Motte is likely to take a spot as a middle-innings reliever, but considering the club's 4.94 bullpen ERA in its first 19 games, perhaps he can move into higher-leverage appearances in front of closer Jim Johnson. He's a long shot to earn save chances in the long run, but keep an eye on his performance, because it's not impossible.
Motte signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Sunday.
It didn't take long for the veteran reliever to find work after being unconditionally released by the Rockies last Wednesday. Motte appeared in 30 games for Colorado in 2016, recording a 4.94 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 23.2 innings, which were both some of the worst numbers of his career, so it's not entirely surprising that the Rockies decided to cut him loose after he failed to make the big club out of spring training. The 34-year-old is expected to report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Motte was unconditionally released by the Rockies on Wednesday.
Motte was designated for assignment at the end of March after not making the big-league roster out of spring training, but given his vast major-league experience, it comes as no surprise that he wanted out of the Rockies' system rather than reporting to Triple-A. The veteran reliever will look to leverage that experience into a big-league contract with a different organization soon.
Motte was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday.
The Rockies signed the veteran reliever prior to the 2016 campaign with the hope of bolstering their bullpen, but he struggled on the mound and with injuries, ultimately producing a lofty 4.94 ERA. Paired with his poor spring showing (8.31 ERA, 1.85 WHIP in 8.2 innings pitched), this led the Rockies to cast him off the 40-man roster in order to make room for slugger Stephen Cardullo. If Motte chooses to accept the assignment to the minors, his major-league experience could help him climb his way back to the big leagues, but there's a good chance he'll prefer to look for a major-league contract with another club.
Motte is struggling so far this spring, allowing six earned runs in four innings while logging a 3:1 K:BB ratio.
The veteran's chances of remaining in the Rockies bullpen certainly improved following the injury to Chad Qualls (forearm) and the demotion of Miguel Castro, but Motte's performance thus far is nothing to call home about. If one positive can be taken from his performance, it's that he hasn't given up a single home run this spring after giving up over two home runs per nine innings last season. However, the 34-year-old certainly is not guaranteed an Opening Day roster spot, and he'll need to outperform the likes of Scott Oberg, Jordan Lyles and Carlos Estevez in order to solidify his standing in the organization.
Motte reported to spring training without any health issues, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The veteran reliever was sidelined for the first two months of 2016 due to a shoulder injury, but it appears that he'll actually be able to hit the ground running during his contract year with Colorado. Motte was hot and cold throughout last season, concluding the year with a 4.94 ERA and a 9.1 K/9. Given the multitude of other relief options now present in the Rockies' bullpen, Motte will likely fill more of a middle relief role unless injuries deplete Colorado's relief corps.
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