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The last guy to throw a pitch for Tony LaRussa is the 34-year old Motte who recorded the final out of the 2011 World Series. After leading the National League in saves with 42 in 2012, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery and missed much of 2014. Motte spent 2015 with the Chicago Cubs, pitching in 57 games to a 3.91 ERA. He allowed 48 hits and 11 walks while striking out 34 in 48 1/3 innings. He registered all six of his saves between June 7th and July 22nd as he alternated the closer’s role for a period of time with Hector Rondon. The fastball is not 98 MPH anymore; it tops out usually at 94 MPH so more emphasis has been on breaking stuff.
Motte earned $4.5 million dollars with the Cubs. He should command less than O’Day both in terms of dollars and length of contract. Perhaps the thought of being reunited (in an organizational way) with his first Major League manager and pitching coach (Dave Duncan) would be enough to give Arizona an advantage should they be interested. With him getting through a full season after TJ surgery, Motte will have some value in free agency. It’s a question of whether or not the D-backs feel they have a need for Motte in the bullpen.
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