Jason Motte had already filed his arbitration paperwork and was ready to let the process play out if necessary. However, the St. Louis Cardinals will continue negotiating with their players all the way up until their salary arbitration hearings. In Motte's case, it did not take quite that long. He and the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year extension.
According to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals and Motte agreed to a two-year deal which buys out the final two years of arbitration for Motte. It would appear the Cardinals were anticipating the salary jump Motte would get after this season, because the deal is worth $12 million. Motte submitted a $5.5 million salary figure for arbitration and the Cardinals had countered with $4.5 million. For them to give Motte $12 million over two years means they understand he would have received a significant raise in his final arbitration year.
Motte slid into the Cardinals' closer role nicely last year. He saved 42 games and posted a 2.75 ERA. Motte had been the Cardinals' set up man until he took over the closer role full-time last year. He has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, posting a 2.87 ERA over five years.
Motte has not been on the disabled list since 2010, so the Cardinals are getting someone they know is durable. He appeared in 145 games over the past two seasons.
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