In 2011, Jason Motte threw the pitch which resulted in the final out to secure the World Series victory for the St. Louis Cardinals. He followed that up with 42 saves–at the time, becoming just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to reach that mark. But after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2013 season and inconsistent results as he recovered this past year, the future of Motte as a Cardinal remains unclear.
“I think we certainly understand what we have with somebody like a Jason Motte,” said General Manager John Mozeliak. “He’s obviously been a part of this organization for a long time. I think it’s sometimes a balance between what we can offer in terms of role, versus what the player might be looking for.”
The right-hander appeared in 29 games for St. Louis in 2014, allowing 29 hits, 13 earned runs, and 7 HRs while striking out 17 and walking 9 in 25 innings pitched. His last three appearances, Jason did not yield a base runner–but without that consistency earlier through the season it was difficult to establish a go-to spot for him out of the bullpen.
“In Motte’s case, I don’t know what his desires are for next year in terms as far as role,” continued Mozeliak. “But when you look at our club right now, we look like we have 8th and 9th fairly well secure.”
Motte, who is the Cardinals nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award, is hosting a Strikeout Cancer event near Memphis on November 8th.
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