Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com hears that that the Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jason Motte, pending a physical. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, it’s worth $4.5 million.
Motte scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this past season, posting a 4.68 ERA and 17/9 K/BB ratio over 25 innings while showing diminished velocity. The 32-year-old right-hander made just nine appearances during the second half due to a back injury and he was left off the Cardinals’ postseason roster.
Passan writes that there are incentives in Motte’s contract for games finished, which means that the Cubs could consider him as a closer. This is ultimately a small price to pay for a potential bounceback.
Motte was one of the game’s best relievers prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.43 ERA from 2010-2012 while averaging 9.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.