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Former Cubs pitcher Jason Motte signs with Rockies

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Former Cubs pitcher Jason Motte signs with Rockies

The Cubs and Rockies have essentially swapped relievers.

About two weeks after the Cubs traded for left-hander Rex Brothers from Colorado, former Cubs reliever Jason Motte is now headed to the Rockies, inking a two-year deal.

Motte, 33, spent only one year in Chicago, going 8-1 with a 3.91 ERA and six saves last season. He was sidelined by a shoulder injury and missed the final month of the regular season and the Cubs' playoff run.

The Cubs had inked Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million deal before the 2015 seasons to help provide a veteran presence to a young, inexperienced bullpen.

Motte will make about twice that in his deal with the Rockies:

 

Motte took to Twitter to thank the Cubs:

 

 

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.