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Jason Motte takes a job with the University of Memphis

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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: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.