Today, the Colorado Rockies hit a key need on their roster by getting bullpen help and not just one pitcher, but two pitchers who are Jason Motte and Chad Qualls.
In fact, both deals are 2 year pacts. Now, Jason Motte deal is worth $10 mil and Chad Qualls’ deal is worth $6 mil, according to Ken Rosenthal. Qualls and Motte will join a struggling bullpen that is revamping. Motte and Qualls will most likely be used in the back end of the bullpen with Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino (recovering from Tommy John).
First off, Motte had a decent year for the Chicago Cubs and could be the Rockies closer until Ottavino is ready to comeback from the Tommy John Surgery or a setback happens. The 33 year old posted a 3.91 ERA in 48.1 innings with only 34 strikeouts in 57 games. 34 is a low number for a power pitcher who is capable of striking out batters anywhere from 60 to 85 a year (he use to do it). Maybe it is because he was not missing bats and he is still trying to find his form because he did have Tommy John Surgery back in 2013.
Finally, Chad Qualls spent the last 2 years in Houston and had a good time there. Qualls pitched well in 2013 and decent in 2014. Qualls did not land as much as Motte due to the fact he is 37 years old. Qualls the past two seasons produced a 3.86 ERA in 100.2 innings and striking out 89 batters in 118 appearances. Qualls is a better pickup than Motte because Qualls is a ground ball pitcher and the ball flies in Colorado. A pitcher in Colorado has to be able to keep the ball on the ground.
Note: More leadership and experience on a young club.