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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
1.0 5.05 1.44 1 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date6-22-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age34 years, 3 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.92012
2013
-0.52014
-0.92015
0.22016
DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2008 SLN MLB 12 0 11.0 0 0 1 5 3 16 0 .243 97 4.1 2.5 0.0 13.1 48% .238 .136 0.73 1.01 0.82 78 2.94 0.3
2009 SLN MLB 69 0 56.7 4 4 0 57 23 54 10 .258 91 9.1 3.7 1.6 8.6 39% .303 .287 1.41 4.77 4.76 101 4.97 0.2
2010 SLN MLB 56 0 52.3 4 2 2 41 18 54 5 .262 89 7.1 3.1 0.9 9.3 40% .275 .230 1.13 3.32 2.24 92 4.07 0.5
2011 SLN MLB 78 0 68.0 5 2 9 49 16 63 2 .260 96 6.5 2.1 0.3 8.3 46% .258 .213 0.96 2.45 2.25 87 3.50 1.0
2012 SLN MLB 67 0 72.0 4 5 42 49 17 86 9 .261 98 6.1 2.1 1.1 10.8 41% .242 .209 0.92 3.16 2.75 74 2.52 1.9
2014 SLN MLB 29 0 25.0 1 0 0 29 9 17 7 .261 104 10.4 3.2 2.5 6.1 37% .286 .319 1.52 6.46 4.68 119 6.10 -0.5
2015 CHN MLB 57 0 48.3 8 1 6 48 11 34 4 .255 98 8.9 2.0 0.7 6.3 32% .284 .254 1.22 3.64 3.91 126 6.19 -0.9
2016 COL MLB 29 0 23.0 0 1 0 28 7 24 6 .265 114 11.0 2.7 2.3 9.4 44% .328 .293 1.52 5.65 5.09 98 4.08 0.2
CareerMLB3970356.326156030610434843.259977.72.61.18.840%.276.2441.153.703.28964.192.8

Statistics for All Levels

'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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA
2006 QUD A 8 0 12.1 1 1 0 16 3 13 1 .000 11.9 2.2 0.7 9.7 0% .375 .000 1.57 3.22 5.21 0 0.00
2006 SCO A- 21 0 26.0 1 2 8 30 4 25 1 .000 10.4 1.4 0.3 8.7 0% .345 .000 1.31 2.35 3.12 0 0.00
2007 PMB A+ 9 0 10.0 1 0 3 7 1 6 0 .253 93 6.3 0.9 0.0 5.4 64% .212 .205 0.80 2.42 0.90 98 4.61
2007 SFD AA 44 0 49.0 3 3 8 36 22 63 3 .259 102 6.6 4.0 0.6 11.6 40% .317 .243 1.18 2.94 2.20 79 2.33
2007 MSS Wnt 11 0 12.0 2 0 1 10 5 10 2 .000 7.5 3.8 1.5 7.5 0% .222 .000 1.25 5.28 3.00 0 0.00
2008 SLN MLB 12 0 11.0 0 0 1 5 3 16 0 .243 97 4.1 2.5 0.0 13.1 48% .238 .136 0.73 1.01 0.82 78 2.94
2008 MEM AAA 63 0 66.7 4 3 9 64 26 110 6 .258 103 8.6 3.5 0.8 14.8 36% .400 .230 1.35 2.58 3.24 49 0.97
2009 SLN MLB 69 0 56.7 4 4 0 57 23 54 10 .258 91 9.1 3.7 1.6 8.6 39% .303 .287 1.41 4.77 4.76 101 4.97
2010 SLN MLB 56 0 52.3 4 2 2 41 18 54 5 .262 89 7.1 3.1 0.9 9.3 40% .275 .230 1.13 3.32 2.24 92 4.07
2010 MEM AAA 2 0 2.7 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .235 94 6.7 3.3 0.0 6.7 25% .250 .229 1.11 3.21 3.33 0 0.00
2011 SLN MLB 78 0 68.0 5 2 9 49 16 63 2 .260 96 6.5 2.1 0.3 8.3 46% .258 .213 0.96 2.45 2.25 87 3.50
2012 SLN MLB 67 0 72.0 4 5 42 49 17 86 9 .261 98 6.1 2.1 1.1 10.8 41% .242 .209 0.92 3.16 2.75 74 2.52
2014 SLN MLB 29 0 25.0 1 0 0 29 9 17 7 .261 104 10.4 3.2 2.5 6.1 37% .286 .319 1.52 6.46 4.68 119 6.10
2014 SFD AA 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .263 100 1.9 1.9 0.0 5.8 67% .083 .105 0.43 2.48 0.00 94 3.87
2014 MEM AAA 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .274 86 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 33% .222 .133 0.67 2.37 0.00 109 5.63
2015 CHN MLB 57 0 48.3 8 1 6 48 11 34 4 .255 98 8.9 2.0 0.7 6.3 32% .284 .254 1.22 3.64 3.91 126 6.19
2016 COL MLB 29 0 23.0 0 1 0 28 7 24 6 .265 114 11.0 2.7 2.3 9.4 44% .328 .293 1.52 5.65 5.09 98 4.08
2016 ABQ AAA 6 0 5.7 0 0 0 3 3 5 1 .284 4.8 4.8 1.6 7.9 23% .167 .223 1.06 5.84 3.18 106 4.11

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 0.5497 0.4795 0.6707 0.6383 0.2857 0.7500 0.4545 0.3293
2009 921 0.5342 0.4647 0.7991 0.6402 0.2634 0.8571 0.6372 0.2009
2010 824 0.5109 0.5085 0.7446 0.6912 0.3176 0.7973 0.6250 0.2554
2011 1112 0.5216 0.5090 0.7473 0.6483 0.3571 0.8059 0.6316 0.2527
2012 1120 0.5545 0.5232 0.7184 0.6957 0.3086 0.7569 0.6104 0.2816
2014 407 0.5258 0.4939 0.7861 0.6729 0.2953 0.8264 0.6842 0.2139
2015 781 0.5455 0.5314 0.8578 0.7183 0.3070 0.8824 0.7890 0.1422
2016 451 0.4945 0.5100 0.8261 0.7085 0.3158 0.9177 0.6250 0.1739
Career57870.53070.50580.77110.67790.31070.82220.64660.2289

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 COL $5,000,000
2016 COL $5,000,000
2015 CHN $4,500,000
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
7 yrPrevious$19,696,000
2011Current$5,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$24,696,000
1 yrFuture$5,000,000
9 yrTotal$29,696,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 27 dLevinsons ACES2 years/$10M (2016-17)

Details
  • 2 years/$10M (2016-17). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/8/15. 16:$5M, 17:$5M.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2015). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/15/14. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 60, 65 games. $0.25M each for each game finished from 50 to 59 GF.
  • 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 by St. Louis 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/28/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by St. Louis 11/20/07. Re-signed by St. Louis 3/4/08.
  • Drafted by St. Louis (as catcher) 2003 (19-575) (Iona).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3 1.3 13 57 0 79.8 68 19 56 9 .266 1.08 3.46 3.76 10.4 1.1
80o 2.9 1.2 12 57 0 73.0 67 18 51 9 .282 1.17 3.86 4.19 7.7 0.8
70o 2.9 1.1 11 57 0 68.3 66 18 48 9 .293 1.24 4.15 4.52 5.6 0.6
60o 2.8 1.1 11 57 0 64.3 65 18 45 8 .303 1.30 4.41 4.8 3.9 0.4
50o 2.8 1 10 57 0 60.7 64 18 42 8 .312 1.35 4.66 5.06 2.3 0.3
40o 2.8 1 9 57 0 57.2 63 17 40 8 .321 1.41 4.90 5.33 0.7 0.1
30o 2.7 0.9 9 57 0 53.4 62 17 37 8 .331 1.47 5.17 5.62 -1.1 -0.1
20o 2.7 0.8 8 57 0 49.2 60 16 35 8 .343 1.55 5.50 5.97 -3.2 -0.3
10o 2.6 0.7 7 57 0 43.5 57 16 31 7 .359 1.66 5.96 6.47 -6.2 -0.7
Weighted Mean2.811057060.16317428.3101.344.625.022.60.3

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/29/2016 15:02 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 1 0 16.0 15 4 12 2 .260 1.16 3.85 3.75 -0.0 -0.0
80o 0 0 0 1 0 10.6 10 3 8 1 .275 1.25 4.24 4.15 -0.1 -0.0
70o 0 0 0 1 0 6.9 7 2 5 1 .286 1.32 4.55 4.44 -0.1 -0.0
60o 0 0 0 1 0 3.7 4 1 3 1 .295 1.38 4.80 4.7 -0.1 -0.0
50o 0 0 0 1 0 0.9 1 0 1 0 .304 1.44 5.05 4.94 -0.1 -0.0
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
15% 26% 37% 5% 88%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 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 DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173531153056601737933.3051.384.945.549.72.76.01.5-0.4
20183621138041451326633.3121.434.995.6010.02.95.81.3-0.3
20193721136038421224633.3101.415.015.629.92.85.61.4-0.3
20203820132034381122533.3121.435.095.7110.02.95.81.3-0.3
20213921136039431224633.3161.424.995.6010.02.85.61.4-0.3
20224021138040451225633.3151.444.985.5810.22.75.71.4-0.3
20234121136038431223633.3151.465.005.6110.32.95.51.4-0.3
20244210131032371019533.3151.455.055.6610.32.85.31.4-0.3
20254321133035401121533.3171.475.095.7110.42.95.51.3-0.3

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 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 DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173521136038371233833.2891.295.205.838.82.87.81.9-0.4
2018361012803029925633.2921.285.245.878.82.77.61.8-0.3
2019371012803030925633.2931.315.406.069.12.77.61.8-0.4
2020381002502727822633.2911.305.606.289.02.77.32.0-0.4
2021391002302526719533.3001.345.335.989.52.66.91.8-0.3
20224021137039411030733.3111.315.165.799.52.36.91.6-0.4

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
28.622.22810.59.49.998.7

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201528.622.22810.59.49.998.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Guillermo Mota 2008 4.42
2 93 Mike Lincoln 2009 8.22
3 93 Jeff Montgomery 1996 4.41
4 91 Jay Howell 1990 2.32
5 91 Tippy Martinez 1984 4.22
6 91 Joe Borowski 2005 4.47
7 91 Aaron Fultz 2008 0.00 DNP
8 90 Dave Veres 2001 3.97
9 90 Moe Drabowsky 1970 3.91
10 90 Pedro Feliciano 2011 0.00 DNP
11 90 Mike Stanton 2001 2.80
12 89 Tug McGraw 1979 5.92
13 89 Rollie Fingers 1981 1.15
14 89 Jim Gott 1994 5.45
15 89 Troy Percival 2004 3.44
16 89 Keith Foulke 2007 0.00 DNP
17 89 Eddie Guardado 2005 3.67
18 88 Jay Witasick 2007 5.46
19 88 Justin Speier 2008 5.56
20 88 Eric Plunk 1998 4.46
21 88 Willie Hernandez 1989 6.03
22 88 John Wetteland 2001 0.00 DNP
23 88 Doug Brocail 2001 0.00 DNP
24 87 Jon Rauch 2013 7.56
25 87 Joe Hoerner 1971 2.47
26 87 Norm Charlton 1997 7.79
27 87 Armando Benitez 2007 6.44
28 87 Mike Henneman 1996 6.00
29 87 Jason Frasor 2012 4.12
30 87 George Sherrill 2011 3.00
31 87 Rafael Soriano 2014 3.34
32 87 Alejandro Pena 1993 0.00 DNP
33 86 Donnie Moore 1988 5.73
34 86 Will Ohman 2012 6.41
35 86 Scot Shields 2010 6.07
36 86 Akinori Otsuka 2006 2.56
37 86 Paul Assenmacher 1995 3.29
38 86 Al Holland 1987 14.21
39 86 Rick Aguilera 1996 5.50
40 86 Hoyt Wilhelm 1957 4.45
41 85 Lindy McDaniel 1970 2.33
42 85 Hideki Okajima 2010 4.70
43 85 Scott Sauerbeck 2006 6.04
44 85 Luis Vizcaino 2009 4.11
45 85 Mike Jackson 1999 4.19
46 85 Matt Belisle 2014 4.87
47 85 Craig Lefferts 1992 4.31
48 85 Roy Face 1962 2.37 DNP
49 85 Tyler Walker 2010 4.08
50 85 Gene Garber 1982 2.94
51 85 Brandon Lyon 2014 0.00 DNP
52 85 Jim Brewer 1972 1.84
53 85 Grant Jackson 1977 4.25
54 84 Kiko Calero 2009 1.95
55 84 Mike Maddux 1996 5.18
56 84 Randy Myers 1997 1.81
57 84 Kerry Wood 2011 4.24
58 84 Gary Lavelle 1983 3.41
59 84 Skip Lockwood 1981 0.00 DNP
60 84 Trever Miller 2007 5.44
61 84 Arthur Rhodes 2004 5.35
62 84 Josias Manzanillo 2002 7.62
63 84 Roberto Hernandez 1999 3.31
64 84 John Hiller 1977 4.35
65 84 Jerry Spradlin 2001 0.00 DNP
66 83 Steve Howe 1992 2.86
67 83 Dave Giusti 1974 3.58
68 83 Alan Embree 2004 4.82
69 83 Steve Farr 1991 2.57
70 83 Kazuhiro Sasaki 2002 3.56
71 83 Jeff Brantley 1998 4.62
72 83 Bobby Tiefenauer 1964 4.24
73 83 Rudy Seanez 2003 7.27
74 83 Kevin Gregg 2012 5.36
75 83 Stan Williams 1971 4.67
76 83 Matt Guerrier 2013 4.64
77 83 Jeff Reardon 1990 3.51
78 82 Dennys Reyes 2011 10.80
79 82 Jose Valverde 2012 4.43
80 82 Mike Marshall 1977 5.40
81 82 Joey Eischen 2004 5.40
82 82 Steve Reed 1999 4.82
83 82 Jeff Nelson 2001 2.89
84 82 Jim Brosnan 1964 0.00 DNP
85 82 Todd Jones 2002 4.70
86 82 Carl Willis 1995 94.50
87 82 Jeff Parrett 1996 3.53
88 82 Scott Linebrink 2011 3.64
89 82 Enrique Romo 1982 4.47
90 82 Jeff Russell 1996 3.54
91 82 Dustin Hermanson 2007 0.00 DNP
92 81 Fernando Rodney 2011 5.06
93 81 Chad Qualls 2013 2.61
94 81 LaTroy Hawkins 2007 3.58
95 81 Jose Veras 2015 0.00 DNP
96 81 Mike Timlin 2000 4.59
97 81 Michael Gonzalez 2012 3.53
98 81 Dan Miceli 2005 5.89
99 81 Randy Flores 2010 3.48
100 81 Mike Adams 2013 3.96

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .313 .433 .267
11 vs R (Multi) .249 .293 .385 .252
18 Split (Multi) .006 .021 .047 .015
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .294 .342 .485 .291
31 vs R (2015) .233 .277 .333 .232
38 Split (2015) .061 .066 .152 .059
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Motte came back from Tommy John surgery in 2014 minus about 3 mph across the board. Last year, he chopped his cutter usage by two-thirds and got almost a mile back on his four-seam fastball. Whether that explains his semi-adequate results is one question; whether the increased velocity was the last gasp of a mid-30s reliever is probably the more important one. At just $5 million per annum, the Rockies haven't committed much money to Motte, but a two-year deal certainly seems aggressive for a flyball middle reliever who missed September and the postseason with a shoulder injury.
2015 Motte returned last May after missing more than a year to elbow surgery, and it soon become clear that both the Cardinals' bullpen and Motte himself had changed significantly while he was away. All his old running mates (Boggsy and ‘Nando and Scrabble) were gone, replaced by young flamethrowers who could light up radar guns at a rate Motte could only dream of now that the surgeons had hacked a few ticks off his formerly elite velocity. The former closer struggled pitching in low-leverage situations, relied more on his cutter and never got back on track. Another year removed from surgery should help him, though he's edging into dicey territory age-wise, and Motte's Proven Closer imprimatur should help get him more chances to reinvent himself in a set-up role.
2014 Early indications are that Motte should be ready no later than May, though it seems unlikely that he will return to the closer’s role he left when surrendering to Tommy John surgery early last year. He does have the requisite high-90s fastball, so the Cardinal Bullpen Council of Elders has agreed to let him come back to the team. Baseball does have a way of turning set-up men into closers at the drop of a hat, especially when those set-up men are former closers. As a former catcher who got a late start on his big-league career, Motte has to use 2014 to impress somebody enough to give him a multi-year deal starting in 2015. He's probably too old to get multiple bites at that apple.
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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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Is the truth out there or is it hiding beneath Jason Motte's beard? Also, will Soriano be a bust or boom for the Northsiders?
(Agent Mulder from DC)
It's buried under The Field Museum.

Bust in terms of not being a shutdown closer. Fine in terms of providing OK relief innings. (Mike Gianella)
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 6,220 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Cutter (88mph). He also rarely throws a Change (83mph), Sinker (92mph) and Curve (83mph).