Getty Images

Jason Motte takes a job with the University of Memphis

Leave a comment

Pitcher Jason Motte was in Cardinals spring training camp this year. It didn’t go well, as he allowed six runs on 13 hits and two walks in five and a third, earning his release in late March. He didn’t latch on with another team following that and has not pitched this year.

He has been interviewing, however, and now he has a job. From the University of Memphis:

Former Major League Baseball player and World Series Champion, Jason Motte, joins the University of Memphis baseball staff as the Director of Player Development starting in 2018.

As Director of Player Development, Motte will assist in a variety of roles in the development of the student-athletes.

I suppose the “former” there will serve as official notice that Motte is retiring.

Motte heads into the next phase of his life with a career record of 27-15, a 3.30 ERA, 60 saves, a K/BB ratio of 375/125 in 397.2 innings pitched in 444 major league appearances across nine seasons for the Cardinals, Rockies, Cubs and Braves. He won a World Series ring with St. Louis in 2011 and appeared in three different postseasons.

Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Motte.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

Nathan Eovaldi
Getty Images
4 Comments

Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.