Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:43:54 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Jason Motte earned his second save of the season over the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, June 22, but he allowed a run on two hits (one home run) in an inning of work. Both RPs Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon pitched scoreless innings before Motte was used.
Fantasy Tip: Joe Maddon is clearly going with a closer-by-committee right now that includes Rondon, Motte and Strop, and you should consider them fantasy-relevant in that order. Rafael Soriano's presence on the major league roster after the All-Star break could further complicate the picture.
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:15:55 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Pedro Strop, who secured the save over the Washington Nationals Saturday, June 6, was unavailable to pitch in a save situation Sunday, June 7, so RP Jason Motte recorded the save. RP Hector Rondon has temporarily been removed from the closer role by manager Joe Maddon, and he pitched the "less stressful" eighth inning Sunday. "I'll just wait till that day," said Maddon, who more than once employed a closer-by-committee approach while managing in Tampa Bay. "I'm not opposed to that method, either." Motte said he's comfortable pitching in any role, and after a year removed from Tommy John surgery, he's throwing harder than ever before.
Fantasy Tip: Closer-by-committees are always hard to judge for fantasy owners trying to nail down saves. Rondon should be kept in all leagues, since Maddon seems open to handing the job back to him. However, both Strop and Motte deserve attention from those scrounging for saves in all formats, too, with Strop probably more deserving as your first target.
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:57:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon is no longer the team's designated closer as manager Joe Maddon said the last three innings were no longer defined. RPs Pedro Strop and Jason Motte recorded saves over the weekend.
Fantasy Tip: If Rondon is being given a breather, Strop has better stuff than Motte. Motte has never regained the upper-90's gas he had before Tommy John surgery and is hittable. Pick up Strop if you're save speculating.
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 18:37:50 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save since 2012 in a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals Sunday, June 7.
Fantasy Tip: Chicago's normal closer, Hector Rondon, pitched the eighth, and while his demotion could just be temporary, Motte is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues if you are hunting for saves.
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:40:45 -0800
Chicago Cubs RP Jason Motte will receive a $4.5 million base salary for 2015, and he can earn $250,000 each for appearing in 60 and 65 games. He will also receive $250,000 apiece for finishing his 50th through 59th games.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:52:24 -0800
Free-agent RP Jason Motte (Cardinals) officially signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Motte can earn $2.5 million in incentives.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:45:02 -0800
Updating an ongoing story, Chicago Cubs RP Jason Motte's contract has incentives for games finished, which means the team considers Motte a closer candidate.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:42:16 -0800
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Jason Motte's one-year contract is worth $4.5 million, according to a source.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:20:45 -0800
Free-agent RP Jason Motte (Cardinals) signed a one-year contract, pending a physical, with the Chicago Cubs Monday, Dec. 15, according to sources. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:17:20 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent RP Pat Neshek, C A.J. Pierzynski, 2B Mark Ellis, RP Jason Motte or SP Justin Masterson this offseason.