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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||69.00||4.00||3.00||6.00||3.00||1.21||59.00||18.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs St. Louis|| 1.2||0||0|| 0.00||0||0||0|
|vs LHB|| 3.2||0||0|| 4.91||0||1||2|
|vs RHB|| 8.0||0||0|| 3.38||0||3||5|
|Last 10 Games|
Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson earning Joe Maddon's trust
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/22/15) Cubs relief pitcher Edwin Jackson is slowly making the transition into a full-time reliever. With the adjustment to his game, manager Joe Maddon is noticing how well he's doing out of the bullpen, reports MLB.com.
"Jacks is starting to take to it," Maddon said.
Jackson has a perfect 0.00 ERA in five innings of work this season with three strikeouts and no walks. Maddon noted he hasn't used Jackson anymore than he normally would have and it has nothing to do with the struggles of Brian Schlitter and Jason Motte.
"I'm not saying you're not going to see Schlitter or Motte," Maddon said. "You always kind of like when it first starts out, you play it like it was first drawn up and don't try to make too many adjustments too soon until you need to try something differently. More than anything, I think Jackson has earned the right or opportunity to pitch in more opportune moments or more difficult moments for him."
Cubs' Maddon on Jason Motte: 'I'm not worried about him'
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/29/15) Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Sunday that he's not concerned with the struggles of pitcher Jason Motte, who has posted a 14.21 ERA in 6 1/3 spring innings, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"Something that I’m not often into is mechanical adjustments," Maddon said of Motte. "It's something that [pitching coach Chris Bosio] picked up on in a conversation. I'm not worried about him. I think the velocity is very good. Just the shape of his pitches were different."
Maddon: Hector Rondon will remain Cubs' closer
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(2/21/15) Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Saturday that Hector Rondon will remain the closer heading into the start of the season, according to MLB.com. Rondon emerged as Chicago's ninth-inning man in 2014, converting 29 of 33 chances.
Madded also noted that he's a believer of using the right reliever in high leverage situations, and called Jason Motte a "force multiplier," able to "fit in a variety of spots" in the bullpen.
Motte missed the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He saved 42 games in 2012 for the Cardinals.
Report: Cubs agree to sign Jason Motte
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/15/14) The Cubs have agreed to sign reliever Jason Motte, according to ESPN.
Motte had an injury-riddled season with the Cardinals in 2014 while coming off Tommy John surgery. He posted a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings, but missed time due to a back injury. The deal is pending a physical. Motte's deal is worth $4.5 million, according to Yahoo! He can make more based on incentives. There's a games finished clause in the deal, so Motte could be a ninth inning option for the club.
Cardinals add five to active roster
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(9/2/14) The Cardinals recalled pitchers Marco Gonzalez, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz from Triple-A Memphis Tuesday, to take advantage of roster expansion.
The team also activated pitcher Jason Motte from the disabled list, after his recovery from a back strain in early August.
|2014 summary: Like 2013, 2014 was a lost season for Jason Motte. He did make his return from Tommy John surgery in late May but clearly wasn't the same pitcher who recorded 42 saves with a 2.75 ERA in 2012, having lost about 3 mph on his fastball. He wouldn't be the first pitcher to be short on velocity after a quick return from the procedure. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz struggled with his velocity all year before finally regaining it late in September.|
Playing time status: Motte made only 29 appearances in the majors, also missing a month later in the year with a strained lower back, so he didn't really get that chance, but based on the contract they offered him this offseason, he at least has one believer in the Cubs. Though Hector Rondon performed adequately for them last season, they don't have what most would consider to be a proven closer, so if Motte is at full strength in spring training, he's a logical choice to assume that role.
2015 outlook: Prior to the injury, Motte was one of the best up-and-coming closers in the game, playing a pivotal role on two Cardinals playoff teams. Now, he's a $4.5-million gamble for a playoff hopeful. You'll want to keep close attention to him this spring because if he's back throwing in the high 90s, he could be a terrific sleeper in Fantasy.
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