Cardinals utilityman Taylor Motter has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Memphis, the club informed reporters (including Jeff Jones of the Belleville News Democrat). He remains in the organization without occupying a spot on the 40-man roster.
St. Louis had designated Motter for assignment last weekend. He cleared waivers on Monday but had the right to test free agency as a player who has gone unclaimed on outright waivers multiple times in his career. After some time to consider the decision, he’ll stick in the system and try to play his way back onto the big league roster.
Motter signed a minor league deal with St. Louis last offseason. He’s twice gotten onto the MLB roster but been DFA rather quickly both times. Over his two stints, he’s played in eight games and tallied a .200/.273/.300 batting line through 22 trips to the plate. That brings his career slash to .191/.263/.309 in 169 major league contests. The right-handed hitter is far more accomplished at the Triple-A level. He’s a .262/.352/.482 hitter in more than 2000 Triple-A plate appearances over parts of six seasons.
Among the reasons for Motter’s initial stint on the MLB roster was a season-opening injured list stay for Paul DeJong. The Cards reinstated DeJong a couple weeks ago and have seen their one-time starting shortstop get off to a scorching start in a utility role. Through 12 games, DeJong has already picked up three homers and sports a .350/.409/.650 line overall.
That’s miles better than the .182/.269/.352 slash DeJong had mustered from 2021-22. While it’s too early to draw firm conclusions, he’s obviously off to a much stronger start than anticipated, a particularly welcome development in the final guaranteed season of his contract.
I guess nothing really does Motter.
It’s all mind over Motter. If it doesn’t Motter, then never mind.
Every movement of Taylor Motter is documented on this site. 5 times he’s been DFA’d, Sent down brought back dumped again. He’s a POS who Motters not at all Yet we know his every movement. Probably next are his bowel movements. Cubs bring up Morel. Nothing. Cubs reactivate Gomes and sent down Amaya, Nothing. Hoerner tweaks his hamstring, Nothing. Would probably learn more from a Japanese Newspaper. Thanks!
Uncle Mike, ..you doing ok? Did Aunt Mollie cut u off again? Maybe try a cold shower.
Why are you being such a ham about Taylor?
It takes a real POS to call someone else a POS.
Unlike you, I don’t get a woody from the exploits and deeds of Taylor Freakin Motter. Or any Cardinal for that matter. So we’ve heard from his mother and agent, Anyone else?
Mike, I agree Motter has been getting more than his fair share of coverage and the Cubs transactions are more significant and deserving. At the same time, your approach and attitude are severely lacking.
Blame the site not the player your hate does motter so stop it
Detroit did this all year long with Drew Hutchison in 2022. It’s not a good look for the team or the player, but it takes two to tango. Just sit back, crank up Led Zeppelin’s “I Can’t Quit You, Baby”, and wait for the next call up.