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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.17 1.11 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date6-22-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age32 years, 4 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.32010
1.12011
0.72012
2013
-0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2008 SLN 26 12 0 11.0 0.0 11.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 40 5 2 1 0 5 3 3 0 16 0.82 1.01 1.07 4.0 0.4
2009 SLN 27 69 0 56.7 0.0 56.7 4 4 0 3 0 0 244 57 32 30 10 101 23 22 2 54 4.76 4.77 4.78 0.4 0.0
2010 SLN 28 56 0 52.3 0.0 52.3 4 2 2 2 0 0 208 41 13 13 5 62 18 15 0 54 2.24 3.32 3.21 2.9 0.3
2011 SLN 29 78 0 68.0 0.0 68.0 5 2 9 4 0 0 268 49 22 17 2 72 16 14 5 63 2.25 2.45 3.13 9.0 1.1
2012 SLN 30 67 0 72.0 0.0 72.0 4 5 42 7 0 0 279 49 23 22 9 85 17 16 2 86 2.75 3.16 3.74 6.5 0.7
2014 SLN 32 29 0 25.0 0.0 25.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 110 29 14 13 7 54 9 9 0 17 4.68 6.46 6.59 -4.7 -0.5
Career3110285.00.0285.0181354170011492301069633379867992903.033.553.8618.12.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 QUD A 8 0 12.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SCO A- 21 0 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 PMB A+ 9 0 10.0 4.17 101 .205 .260 .322 .380 .253 .212 93 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2007 SFD AA 44 0 49.0 3.57 124 .243 .262 .338 .399 .259 .317 102 12.0 1.2 12.4 1.3
2007 MSS Wnt 11 0 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 SLN MLB 12 0 11.0 1.07 176 .136 .249 .310 .384 .243 .238 97 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2008 MEM AAA 63 0 66.7 2.71 150 .230 .276 .347 .443 .258 .400 103 28.3 2.7 28.3 2.7
2009 SLN MLB 69 0 56.7 4.78 84 .287 .260 .329 .406 .258 .303 91 -0.2 -0.0 0.4 0.0
2010 SLN MLB 56 0 52.3 3.21 118 .230 .252 .317 .397 .262 .275 89 3.5 0.4 2.9 0.3
2010 MEM AAA 2 0 2.7 3.94 119 .229 .246 .312 .374 .235 .250 94 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 SLN MLB 78 0 68.0 3.13 122 .213 .256 .318 .394 .260 .258 96 8.4 0.9 9.0 1.1
2012 SLN MLB 67 0 72.0 3.74 112 .209 .256 .319 .410 .261 .242 98 6.5 0.7 6.5 0.7
2014 SLN MLB 29 0 25.0 6.59 42 .320 .254 .314 .388 .261 .286 104 -4.7 -0.5 -4.7 -0.5
2014 SFD AA 5 0 4.7 3.83 114 .105 .257 .317 .384 .257 .083 105 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2014 MEM AAA 2 0 3.0 2.84 137 .133 .270 .329 .466 .273 .222 87 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 SCO A- 1 2 8 21 0 26.0 30 4 25 1 0% .345 10.4 1.4 0.3 8.7 1.31 3.12 0.0 0.0
2006 QUD A 1 1 0 8 0 12.1 16 3 13 1 0% .375 11.9 2.2 0.7 9.7 1.57 5.21 0.0 0.0
2007 MSS Wnt 2 0 1 11 0 12.0 10 5 10 2 0% .222 7.5 3.8 1.5 7.5 1.25 3.00 0.0 0.0
2007 PMB A+ 1 0 3 9 0 10.0 7 1 6 0 64% .212 6.3 0.9 0.0 5.4 0.80 0.90 0.8 0.1
2007 SFD AA 3 3 8 44 0 49.0 36 22 63 3 40% .317 6.6 4.0 0.6 11.6 1.18 2.20 12.4 1.3
2008 SLN MLB 0 0 1 12 0 11.0 5 3 16 0 48% .238 4.1 2.5 0.0 13.1 0.73 0.82 4.0 0.4
2008 MEM AAA 4 3 9 63 0 66.7 64 26 110 6 36% .400 8.6 3.5 0.8 14.8 1.35 3.24 28.3 2.7
2009 SLN MLB 4 4 0 69 0 56.7 57 23 54 10 39% .303 9.1 3.7 1.6 8.6 1.41 4.76 0.4 0.0
2010 SLN MLB 4 2 2 56 0 52.3 41 18 54 5 40% .275 7.1 3.1 0.9 9.3 1.13 2.24 2.9 0.3
2010 MEM AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.7 2 1 2 0 25% .250 6.7 3.3 0.0 6.7 1.11 3.33 0.4 0.0
2011 SLN MLB 5 2 9 78 0 68.0 49 16 63 2 46% .258 6.5 2.1 0.3 8.3 0.96 2.25 9.0 1.1
2012 SLN MLB 4 5 42 67 0 72.0 49 17 86 9 41% .242 6.1 2.1 1.1 10.8 0.92 2.75 6.5 0.7
2014 SLN MLB 1 0 0 29 0 25.0 29 9 17 7 37% .286 10.4 3.2 2.5 6.1 1.52 4.68 -4.7 -0.5
2014 MEM AAA 0 0 0 2 0 3.0 2 0 2 0 33% .222 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0.67 0.00 0.7 0.1
2014 SFD AA 0 0 0 5 0 4.7 1 1 3 0 67% .083 1.9 1.9 0.0 5.8 0.43 0.00 0.5 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 171 0.5731 0.4912 0.7024 0.6327 0.3014 0.7903 0.4545 0.2976
2009 923 0.5341 0.4675 0.8213 0.6207 0.2907 0.8856 0.6640 0.1787
2010 826 0.5194 0.5103 0.7743 0.6970 0.3073 0.8294 0.6393 0.2233
2011 1109 0.5230 0.5167 0.7622 0.6569 0.3611 0.8058 0.6754 0.2378
2012 1120 0.5491 0.5277 0.7530 0.6813 0.3406 0.8138 0.6047 0.2453
2014 410 0.5146 0.4927 0.7970 0.6682 0.3065 0.8298 0.7213 0.2030
Career45590.53210.50520.7750.66290.32490.82980.6450.2242

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-01 2014-09-02 15-DL 32 30 - Low Back Strain -
2014-03-21 2014-05-20 15-DL 60 44 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-05-07 -
2013-03-22 2013-10-31 60-DL 223 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-05-07 -
2010-08-03 2010-08-30 15-DL 27 22 Right Shoulder Sprain AC Joint Bothered Since April -
2010-06-27 2010-06-28 DTD 1 1 Lower Leg Cramp Calf -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 SLN $7,500,000
2013 SLN $4,500,000
2012 SLN $1,950,000
2011 SLN $435,000
2010 SLN $411,000
2009 SLN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$7,696,000
2011Current$7,500,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$15,196,000
6 yrTotal$15,196,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 27 dLevinsons ACES2 years/$12M (2013-14)

Details
  • 2 years/$12M (2013-14). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/23/13 (avoided arbitration, $5.5M-$4.5M). $1M signing bonus. 13:$4M, 13:$7M. 2014 performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 50, 60 games finished.
  • 1 year/$1.95M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/25/12 (avoided arbitration, $2.4M-$1.5M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 55, 60 games finished.
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.411M (2010). Re-signed 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed 2/28/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased 11/20/07. Re-signed 3/4/08.
  • Drafted (as catcher) 2003 (19-575) (Iona).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 62.4 41 13 64 5 .252 0.86 1.92 2.09 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 56.2 40 13 58 5 .267 0.93 2.26 2.46 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 51.9 39 12 53 5 .278 0.99 2.51 2.73 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 48.3 38 12 50 5 .287 1.03 2.73 2.96 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 45.0 37 12 46 5 .296 1.08 2.93 3.19 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 41.8 35 11 43 4 .305 1.12 3.14 3.41 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 38.4 34 11 40 4 .314 1.17 3.36 3.65 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 34.5 32 10 36 4 .325 1.23 3.62 3.94 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 29.2 29 9 30 4 .340 1.31 4.00 4.35 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000044.33611464.2931.062.903.160.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
25% 42% 30% 5% 93%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153331060064521762741.2871.083.063.327.42.48.81.01.2
20163431059063551760741.2991.143.403.697.92.48.61.00.9
20173531057060501258641.2961.032.893.147.51.88.70.91.3
20183621045048441543641.3041.233.653.968.22.88.11.10.6
20193721041043401139541.3101.183.573.888.32.38.11.00.5
20203821040043381340541.3011.203.533.848.02.78.41.10.6
20213921039041381136541.3061.203.704.028.32.47.91.10.5
20224021040043381237541.2961.173.423.728.02.57.81.10.6
20234121036038361132541.3041.243.834.178.52.67.61.20.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3222.820.226.99.36.6111.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Robb Nen 2002 2.44
2 93 Roberto Hernandez 1997 2.79
3 92 J.J. Putz 2009 5.52
4 92 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
5 91 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
6 90 John Hiller 1975 2.67 DNP
7 90 Arthur Rhodes 2002 2.45
8 90 Tyler Yates 2010 0.00 DNP
9 89 Willie Hernandez 1987 4.96
10 89 Mike Jackson 1997 4.08
11 89 Gene Garber 1980 4.59
12 88 Jeff Montgomery 1994 4.23
13 88 Brendan Donnelly 2004 3.00
14 88 Bryan Harvey 1995 0.00 DNP
15 88 John Wetteland 1999 4.09
16 88 Fernando Rodney 2009 4.52
17 88 Rich Gossage 1984 2.99
18 87 Billy Wagner 2004 2.98
19 87 Bruce Sutter 1985 4.69
20 87 Rudy Seanez 2001 3.00
21 87 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
22 86 Doug Jones 1989 2.79
23 86 Frank Francisco 2012 5.74
24 86 Scott Linebrink 2009 5.46
25 86 Rafael Betancourt 2007 1.47
26 86 John Grabow 2011 5.63
27 86 Ricardo Rincon 2002 4.50
28 86 Felix Rodriguez 2005 5.29
29 85 Kevin Gregg 2010 3.66
30 85 Rick Aguilera 1994 4.63
31 85 Jose Valverde 2010 3.43
32 85 Pedro Feliciano 2009 3.94
33 85 Michael Wuertz 2011 6.68
34 85 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
35 85 Hideki Okajima 2008 2.61
36 85 Jeff Nelson 1999 4.15
37 85 Jesse Orosco 1989 2.31
38 84 Chad Qualls 2011 3.75
39 84 Jason Christiansen 2002 5.40
40 84 Dave Veres 1999 5.38
41 84 Kerry Ligtenberg 2003 3.49
42 84 Armando Benitez 2005 5.10
43 84 Michael Gonzalez 2010 4.01
44 84 Rollie Fingers 1979 5.06
45 84 Greg McMichael 1999 5.08
46 84 Lindy McDaniel 1968 3.31
47 84 Tippy Martinez 1982 3.69
48 83 Al Holland 1985 2.90
49 83 Jim Kern 1981 3.00
50 83 Mike Marshall 1975 3.79 DNP
51 83 Mike Timlin 1998 2.95
52 83 Donnie Moore 1986 3.47
53 83 Randy Myers 1995 4.04
54 83 Jon Rauch 2011 4.85
55 83 Scott Williamson 2008 0.00 DNP
56 83 Gary Lavelle 1981 4.52
57 83 Dennys Reyes 2009 3.73
58 82 Bill Campbell 1981 4.28
59 82 Steve Reed 1997 4.04
60 82 Troy Percival 2002 1.92
61 82 Justin Miller 2010 4.44
62 82 Dave Righetti 1991 3.64
63 82 Skip Lockwood 1979 1.49
64 82 Trevor Hoffman 2000 3.61
65 82 Doug Corbett 1985 6.65
66 82 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52
67 82 Don Aase 1987 2.25
68 82 Damaso Marte 2007 2.78
69 82 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
70 81 Mark Eichhorn 1993 3.34
71 81 Jonathan Papelbon 2013 3.36
72 81 David Riske 2009 18.00
73 81 Jason Frasor 2010 4.24
74 81 Luis Vizcaino 2007 4.54
75 81 Darren Holmes 1998 3.33
76 81 John Habyan 1996 7.12
77 81 Jose Veras 2013 3.30
78 81 Sparky Lyle 1977 2.76
79 81 Heath Bell 2010 2.19
80 81 Brian Fuentes 2008 3.16
81 81 Andy McGaffigan 1989 4.80
82 81 Brad Lidge 2009 7.82
83 80 Dan Wheeler 2010 3.72
84 80 Joe Hoerner 1969 3.04
85 80 Aaron Heilman 2011 7.13
86 80 Jeff Fassero 1995 4.86
87 80 Carl Willis 1993 3.57
88 80 Don Robinson 1989 3.65
89 80 Aurelio Lopez 1981 3.86
90 80 Jeremy Affeldt 2011 3.21
91 79 Bob Locker 1970 4.09
92 79 Tug McGraw 1977 2.85
93 79 Jeff Reardon 1988 2.59
94 79 Jerry Spradlin 1999 5.46
95 79 Rod Beck 2001 4.69
96 79 Keith Foulke 2005 5.91
97 79 Joe Borowski 2003 3.03
98 79 Mike Maddux 1994 5.11
99 79 John Franco 1993 5.94
100 79 Elias Sosa 1982 4.57

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 A pitcher with Motte’s stuff, build, presence, quirks, myopia, and facial hair was destined to be a closer, and after several years of organizational equivocation, the former catcher finally spent a full season dominating the ninth. His approach is as subtle and effective as a sledgehammer, as Motte bludgeons opposing hitters with his overpowering upper-90s fastball and low-90s cutter, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio lives in the same neighborhood as the most dominating relievers in the game (non-Kimbrel division). A late bloomer, Motte is already 30 and will soon get expensive, so the Cardinals will have to decide how much they’re willing to pay for the peace of mind a veteran closer can provide.
2012 The latest in a long line of quirky bearded relievers, Motte took the closer baton from Fernando Salas in late August and sprinted all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. The converted catcher’s mid-90s fastball and much-improved secondary offerings were brutal on right-handed hitters, who hit just .162/.220/.234 against him. Lefties, however, remain another story, as they drummed him to the tune of .270/.333/.404. Scheduled to make his first trip through arbitration for 2012, Motte should be first in line to close games on Opening Day.
2011 Motte bounced back from a subpar 2009 to post impressive numbers last year and stake his claim to the oft-sought but rarely fulfilled “future closer” title. Terrorizing the late innings with his upper-90s fastball and devastating slider, Motte led the club with 18.3 Adjust Runs Prevented, logged a 1.63 Fair Run Average, struck out more than a batter per inning, and hacked a few chunks out of his walk rate. He’s yet to find the magic elixir to cure his problems with lefties, however, as portside hitters have abused him to the tune of .292/.384/.466 during his career. If Motte can clean up that particular mess, he might someday earn closer cash.
2010 Gifted with velocity that scrapes triple-digit territory, the former catcher was nominated the club's closer for Opening Day. One spectacularly blown opportunity later, Motte learned why they don't carve "established" in granite on most newly minted closers until much later in their careers. La Russa became increasingly disenchanted with Motte as the season progressed, casting him into the bullpen backwater of mop-up work. He's still on the list of presumed Franklin replacements in case the veteran implodes, but his galling tendency to make mistakes with the bases empty suggests too much attention to gun readings and strikeouts, and not enough pitching.
2009 Motte entered the professional ranks as a catcher out of little Iona College in 2003, but after hitting .188 in his first three seasons, decided that it might be worth switching to the other side of the battery. This wasn't a bad idea, considering he throws harder than most everybody else on the planet. Last year, Motte exploded for 14.8 strikeouts per nine, and his overall numbers would have been even more impressive if not for that grossly inflated BABIP. Motte's luck on balls in play started changing when he was called up in September, as he knocked the timber out of big league hitters' hands with a fastball that sits in the 96-98 range and a vicious high-80s slider. Motte locked down the eighth inning in each of his final three appearances, which could be a preview of what's in store for him in 2009. At the very least he should make the club in the spring, but he has a chance to steal away the closer role.
2008 Converted catcher Jason Motte used a mid-90s fastball to dominate the Texas League last year in just his second season on the mound. If his secondary pitches develop, he could be a factor in the major league bullpen as soon as 2009

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Sam, Which non-closers should I pick up now on the chance they will close in 2015?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Wade Davis, Ken Giles, Kevin Jepsen, Bruce Rondon... though not necessarily closing in April 2005. Trying to figure out who is going to close for the Giants next year. Who's going to close for the Giants next year? I'll say Jason Motte is going to close for the Giants next year. Enjoy this prediction, Giants fans and fantasy owners, I wrote it just for you! (Sam Miller)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bret - Any guys that are not closers this year that could have the inside track to be closer next year? Thanks.
(Dave from Boston)
Cody Allen and Jason Motte. (Bret Sayre)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Some non-closer this year that are good bets to earn 20+ saves next year are _____?
(Joanah from Redwood)
Hi Joanah.

No non-closer is ever a good bet to earn 20+ saves. If you had Kevin Gregg with 30 saves this year, raise your hand. Not so fast, every single one of you.

But if you're asking for names, I like Cody Allen in Cleveland, Ryan Cook in Oakland, and Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis if he stays in the bullpen. All three are risks, but that's the nature of a question like this; these are all guesses at this point. I think the Indians will non-tender Perez, but maybe they sign him for $9-10 million. Grant Balfour probably leaves for free agency, but maybe he doesn't. Edward Mujica probably leaves, but maybe the Cardinals keep him or maybe Jason Motte is healthy and gets the role back. I used to shy away from the skills over roles thing, but now I believe it. If you grabbed Rosenthal in your fantasy league this year, you probably were very satisfied with the overall numbers (and especially the strikeouts) even though he never wound up closing. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)1) Will my beard ever be as epic as Jason Motte's? 2) Is there a better time to sell high on me?
(R.A. Dickey from Growing a Manly Beard)
1 & 2) Probably not. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)With SP being so deep this year, would you risk parting with a stud closer (Jason Motte) for a 2/3sp like Jordan Zimmerman?
(bateman19 from Boston, MA)
I would, yes. Motte is my #2 closer, but Zimm is a favorite. I think he's fantastic. (Paul Sporer)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 5x5 keeper league. Is David Freese a drastic overpay for Jason Motte? (Both players have the same salaries for this year, next year, etc.) I'm concerned Freese can't stay healthy enough to play more than 100 games.
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
I've talked with BP's in-house injury expert, Corey Dawkins, about Freese in the past, and he doesn't believe that Freese is that typical injury-prone sort--just unlucky. That said, it really depends on who your other 3B options are and how badly you need a closer. Are there a lot of other closers out there to be drafted this year? Motte is talented, but closers are largely interchangeable, so while I'm not in love with Freese, I wouldn't pay him if you can get someone comparable without giving him up. In a vacuum, in a 12-team mixed league, I'll take Motte based purely on value. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Cory, Do you think there's fewer top tier closers this year. I drink the 411 Kool-Aid but I'm hoping to pick up 2 of the top 12 closers a little later than normal. Do you agree? And who do you think might have value as a #2 closer. Many thanks Neil
(Neil from London, England)
It does seem that way. The top 5 this year is probably Kimbrel, Mariano, Papelbon, Axford and Wilson, or maybe Storen, but that doesn't seem as strong as two years ago when Bell was in that mix. I'm looking closely at Jason Motte for my targeted #2 this year; I picked him up several times last year in NFBC while their closer carousel was spinning, but of course by the time he actually got the job I was out of FAAB money! Figures. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 5x5 keeper league. Is David Freese a drastic overpay for Jason Motte? (Both players have the same salaries for this year, next year, etc.) I'm a Cardinal fan and I just don't see Freese healthy enough to play more than 100 games.
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
Last one... and thanks to everyone for the great questions. My fingers hurt from typing!

At the same salary, I'd take Motte. As mentioned earlier I think he'll be a very solid #2 closer this year, with strong strikeout numbers and ratios, as he's developed his pitch repertoire a little bit over the years. Freese is a solid hitter, and while I'm not worried too much about the injuries, I just don't see enough power upside to make him untradable. Do the deal. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some breakout closers you have in mind for 2012? Not just save collectors, guys that could be elite. Kimbrel was a a draft day jewel for lots of people last year, no doubt.
(froston from Canada!)
Rafael Betancourt, Jason Motte, Addison Reed, Grant Balfour. Betancourt and Motte have already shown elite skills and will likely start the year with the jobs. Reed's riskier but could be elite too (also might not get the job), Balfour's a tier below but still good (and too might not get the job). (Derek Carty)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)The right side of the Cardinals' bullpen is brutal...can any of Sanchez/Salas/Samuel contribute this year?
(Andrew from Chicago )
I could see Sanchez getting there at some point. I'm not sure he's going to help a ton this year though. Jason Motte sure can throw those upper 90s fastballs up and straight as an arrow, can't he? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cardinals have what it takes to get Halladay? I've got to think Brett Wallace is expendable, but while guys like Jason Motte and Jess Todd are nice pieces, I get the feeling they don't have the kind of starting pitching required to get the deal done. Am I wrong about that?
(David Vines from NYC)
Tons of Halladay-trade scenarios in here.

Two Sundays ago I was on Ken Broo's fine sports show on WLW in Cincinnati -- Ken is a BP fan who knows his stuff -- and Halladay came up. I opined that the Cardinals were a possible destination for him, and that if that happened,it almost ensured the division. While teams like the Indians, Astros and Bruce-less Reds, are better served looking to the future, St. Louis may seriously want to consider such a deal. Wallace has a damn bright future, though. (David Laurila)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Jason Motte has thrown 4,715 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Cutter (90mph), also mixing in a Change (90mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph) and Curve (83mph).