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Closer Motte, Cardinals reach agreement on two-year deal

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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.

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