Tue, Jul 28th 6:44am EDT
By Nathaniel Schwartz
Jason Motte had himself another rough night, failing to record an out in the ninth inning with a three run lead. He finished with three earned runs but Rafael Soriano had to come in and finish the inning.
Fantasy Impact: Motte seemed to have the closer role locked down as recently as earlier in the week, but now with the arrival of Rafael Soriano and the possibility of a Jonathan Papelbon trade, things are not looking good for the bearded right hander. He is now sporting a 3.49 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Category: Game Recaps
The Cubs have agreed to terms with former Cardinals reliever Jason Motte on a one year deal. Motte struggled last season after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. He posted a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings. Motte's best season was in 2012 when he recorded 42 saves while posting a 10.75 K/9 ratio in 72 innings. (Source: Bruce Levine on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: For the Cubs, the move provides the bullpen high upside depth with a veteran that has postseason experience for little to no risk. For Motte, he gets a chance to pitch for a possible contender while hoping to rebound and extended his career. The Cubs bullpen was above average the second half of last season and with Hector Rondon already filing the closer role, Motte needs to have a strong spring training and show he is healthy to earn his way onto the staff.