The Colorado Rockies announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on two-year contracts with free agent right-handed pitchers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls.
Motte, 33, was on the Opening Day roster for the Chicago Cubs in 2015, and made 57 appearances while recording a 3.91 ERA (48.1 IP, 21 ER) with 11 walks and 34 strikeouts … recorded six saves for the Cubs in 2015, his first saves since recording a NL-leading 42 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.
Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 19th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, the Port Huron, MI native is 26-14 with 60 saves and a 3.16 ERA (333.1 IP, 117 ER) with 97 walks and 324 strikeouts over parts of seven Major League seasons … did not pitch in 2013 after receiving Tommy John surgery in May of that season.
Was a 2011 World Series Champion with the Cardinals, and is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA (21.2 IP, 5 ER), two walks and 10 strikeouts across 19 career postseason appearances in seven different postseason series from 2009-2012.
Qualls, 37, was on the Opening Day roster for the Houston Astros in 2015, and went 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA (49.1 IP, 24 ER), nine walks and 46 strikeouts over 60 appearances out of the Astros bullpen in 2015 … also recorded four saves in his 17 games finished.
The Lomita, CA native was originally drafted by the Astros in the second round of the 2000 First-Year Player draft, and made his Major League debut for the Astros on July 22, 2004 … has pitched at the Major League level for Houston, Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Philadelphia, New York (AL), Pittsburgh, and Miami … in his career that spans parts of 12 seasons, is 49-47 with a 3.80 ERA (758.0 IP, 320 ER), 74 saves, 197 walks and 591 strikeouts.
The Rockies currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster.