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By The Sports Xchange January 22, 2013 6:40 PM
The St. Louis Cardinals avoided arbitration with right-hander Jason Motte when he agreed to a contract Tuesday, the team announced. The two-year deal was worth a reported $12 million, according to Fox Sports. Motte, a converted catcher, led the National League with 42 saves last season while posting a 2.75 ERA and 86 strikeouts and walking only 17 batters in 72 innings. The 30-year-old made $1.95 million last year, his first full season as St. Louis' closer.