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.