Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/22/13
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ST. LOUIS, Mo - The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with pitcher Jason Motte on a two-year contract for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, avoiding salary arbitration. Motte, 30, tied for the National League lead with a career high 42 saves in 2012 and became the first Cardinal in franchise history to record every save during the season. The right-hander ranked the among N.L. relievers last season with a career high 86 strikeouts, 8th with a .191 opponent's batting average and T11th in innings pitched (72.0). He also ranked second in the league with 58 games finished. "We are excited to be able to have Jason under control for the next two years," said team Sr. Vice President & General Manager, John Mozeliak. "We wanted to recognize what Jason has accomplished for the Cardinals and the role he has played in our bullpen. He exemplifies the type of player on and off the field we want in our organization, and we're looking forward to having him part of t...
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