33-year old righty reliever Jason Motte will start the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a strained right shoulder. Motte pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 8-1 with 6 saves, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Motte has now pitched in 368 games (0 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 26-14 with 60 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Motte was competing with 29-year old Jake McGee for the closer’s job this spring, but it’s a moot point now. McGee will be the closer on Opening Day for the Colorado Rockies. McGee pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rays last year and he was 1-2 with 6 saves, a 2.41 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. McGee has now pitched in 297 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 26 saves, a 2.77 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. McGee was never the closer for the Rays because they didn’t want to pay him the money he was worth. He will be a great closer for the Rockies, as he has outstanding stuff.