Quick Hits: Motte, Cespedes, Garcia, Angels

On this date last year, the White Sox selected Philip Humber off of waivers from the Athletics. The right-hander posted a 3.75 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 163 innings in 2011 and projects to start for Chicago in 2012. We didn't see anyone claimed on waivers today, but we do have these links…

  • A multiyear deal between the Cardinals and Jason Motte is ‘in play,’ though nothing is close, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets. Motte filed for $2.4MM in arbitration, with the Cardinals countering at $1.5MM, as our Arbitration Tracker shows.
  • Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run since joining the Dominican Winter League and you can view a clip of it here (hat tip: Keith Law).
  • Another Cuban, left-hander Onelkis Garcia, will be eligible for the 2012 amateur draft, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. MLB made Garcia eligible to MLB teams as last year's draft approached, before making him ineligible at the last minute. Scouts tell Badler the 22-year-old projects as a reliever and could be selected in the third round this June.
  • Angels GM Jerry Dipoto explained to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that at one point during the Winter Meetings, the Angels had people negotiating with representatives for C.J. Wilson, LaTroy Hawkins and Albert Pujols in three different places.
  • Indians president Mark Shapiro, who is depicted in the Moneyball movie, told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that he enjoyed the film for what it was. "I appreciate why most people would like it,” Shapiro said. “But I felt like it was an oversimplified kind of view, which is kind of what you have to do when you take a lot of history and condense it into an hour and a half."


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36 Comments on "Quick Hits: Motte, Cespedes, Garcia, Angels"


JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Look at the catcher on the Cespedes homerun. Damn.

mikefichera
3 years 6 months ago

“adios”

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Cranked it. Want to see him hit some off-speed stuff though

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Why? You worried he’s going to be Pedro Cerrano 2.0?

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

you never know, he could turn into vlad (in his prime) who crushes anything and everything, or he could turn into wily mo pena, can’t touch a breaking ball to save his life but crushes fastballs 500 feet

of course i’m hoping he turns into vlad

Piro Espinal
3 years 6 months ago

he looks to vulnerable to the slider. I think he needs to go to minors.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

There will only be one Vlad.

3 years 6 months ago

“Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.”

Melvin McMurf
3 years 6 months ago

weak pitch

MetsMagic
3 years 6 months ago

Ah that pitcher really hung that one. He smashed the ball, but that swing is a little funky. A lot of power when it looks like he hardly uses his lower half. 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Glad I’m not the only one who noticed his bad mechanics. That home run was all arms.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

looked like a vladdy type of swing..

and I’ve only known 1 player to be able to succesfully maintain mechanics like that.

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

not the kind of clip that impresses scouts, i’d wager. belt-high fastball on the outer-half and he pulls it

and then stares at it. it being a pretty unremarkable home run. in the dominican winter league. a league in which he has been struggling

so far the guy is flashy in all the least promising ways

Whole_New_World
3 years 6 months ago

Yep, his lower half was bailing out.

Very strong to do that with just his upper body, but a poor swing mechanically.

I agree, scouts are not going to be overly impressed with that.

dunt
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed, that swing looks pretty long and he is all upper body

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

You gotta love spanish speaking sports announcers, “Dios Mio!” indeed.

3 years 6 months ago

I’m wondering what a Motte extension would look like. I’d love to lock him up. I can see a 3 year deal at 4-5 million per. I think a two year deal would be more likely though.

Redbirds16
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. a 2 year 4.5 million deal perhaps? I don’t think they buy out all the arb years given bullpen pitcher’s being volatile commodity and that if Motte’s velocity drops at all, he’s not going to be that valuable. The guy needs to learn to put some movement on his pitches. Even his 92mph slider is straight.

Ellis Otte
3 years 6 months ago

Looks more like a Nelson Cruz – Vladimir Guerrero combo.

Ellis Otte
3 years 6 months ago

Looks more like a Nelson Cruz – Vladimir Guerrero combo.

leachim2
3 years 6 months ago

Baby Vernon Wells.

cardsfan209
3 years 6 months ago

Lock him up Mo! Jason Motte showed great closer potential in 2011. I’d love to see how many games he can lock up in a full season. I’m glad they are giving him the closer role. His fastball is electric and he’s cool calm and collected every time he enters the 9th. And he wasn’t even drafted as a pitcher. Wow!

Disgustedfan
3 years 6 months ago

He is more of a thrower. Pretty much all he throws is a fastball. Its like he says here is my 99 mph fastball try to hit it.

Ferrariman
3 years 6 months ago

i see nothing wrong with this. It works.

cardsfan209
3 years 6 months ago

ya i suppose. But having the luxury of a 99 mph fastball is a nice asset for a closer. that is as long as he can control it. Motte will occasionally throw a cutter but the 4 seam gets him the saves

mmwatkin
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t know about anyone else, but the swing reminded me of Gary Sheffield. 

3 years 6 months ago

I hate to say it but he kind of reminds me of Everth Cabrera with a little more power.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Oh please…

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

Bobby Cox is that you?

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

Seriously. Bobby Cox did not understand cultural differences at all.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

no more evident then when he told Yunel Escobar to get off his lawn

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Yunel didn’t listen because Cox didn’t say it properly:

Fuera de mi césped!

Redbirds16
3 years 6 months ago

a RH Barry Bonds? I don’t see it. Bonds was so fluid and compact. Cespedes flailed savagely at that pitch and crushed it.

3 years 6 months ago

If that swing reminded you of Bonds, then my delivery will remind you of Mariano Rivera.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

If you saw me go to the right on the hard court, you’d immediately think of Kobe.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

yah looked nothing like barry bonds