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.