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Farewell Jason Motte – Reliever Reportedly Signs Two-Year Deal with Rockies

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Jason Motte was coming back from Tommy John surgery when the Cubs signed him to an economical one-year deal at this time last year. Prior to that surgery, he was one of the hardest-throwing, most-effective relievers in baseball. After, he’s been something considerably shy of that.


With the Cubs, Motte posted a decent 3.91/3.61/4.76 ERA/FIP/xFIP line over 48.1 innings, but he was often hit hard, didn’t miss many bats, and finished up on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

I say all of that not as a shot at Motte, who did help the Cubs a fair bit early in the year when the bullpen was otherwise floundering, but I say it instead because I’m surprised by this:

Although I probably would have bet that Motte could get a big-league deal this offseason, there’s no way I thought he’d be signing a two-year contract. So, then, I say good for him. I hope he got paid plenty, and I hope he has success with the Rockies.


As for the Cubs, it never seemed like a reunion was going to happen, and that was especially true after the Cubs went bullpen crazy after the season, tendered both Travis Wood and Clayton Richard, and then re-signed Trevor Cahill yesterday.

UPDATE: Motte is reportedly getting $10 million total over those two years, which, wowsa. Again: good for him. The Cubs retained Cahill for just $4.25 million on a one-year deal, so I’ll say again that they did really well.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.