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Jason Motte, Cardinals skip arbitration with $1.95 million deal

Jan 26, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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Jason Motte emerged as the Cardinals’ closer late last season and now he’s getting a big raise, as the right-hander avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.95 million contract.

Motte submitted a $2.4 million request while the Cardinals countered at $1.5 million, so they’re settling for the exact midpoint.

Motte, who’s arbitration eligible for the first time, earned $435,000 last season while saving nine games with a 2.25 ERA and 63/16 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.

He’s expected to be the Cardinals’ closer from Day 1 this season and racking up 30-plus saves in the role would put the 30-year-old (and his beard) in line for a significant raise in 2013.

  1. burnsy - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Totally low-balled him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Hahaha! You beat me to the punch Burnsy. No doubt though…stinkin’ low ballers. LOL!

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Any pitcher named “Motte” had better have mound presence. Look it up in your Funk and Wagnalls.

  3. westcoastredbird - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    It sure is a good feeling knowing that Ryan Franklin isn’t our closer going into the season. The dude pitched just a little too much to contact to satisfy Cardinal fans. Motte is just wild enough to be effective and now has playoff experience. Franklin had over 10 lewinskis (blown saves) in slightly over two months. That’s why the Cardinals had to make up so much ground last year to get into the playoffs. It was stressful but the end result was worth it! Congrats Jason you earned it.

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