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Jason Motte, Cardinals agree at $1.95 million

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals closer Jason Motte has agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract after helping St. Louis win the World Series.

The 29-year-old reliever was 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and nine saves last season, earning the closer’s role in late August and getting five saves in the postseason. Motte closed out the NL championship series and the World Series.

“Being out there, getting that last out, Yaddy (Molina) looking back at me, down on his knees — it’s one of those things I’ll never forget,” Motte said last week.

The Cardinals have no remaining arbitration-eligible players. St. Louis pitcher Kyle McClellan agreed to a one-year deal last week.

Motte made $435,000 last year. He asked for $2.4 million in arbitration and was offered $1.5 million.

He can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 55 and 60 games finished.

Motte had 63 strikeouts in 68 innings last season and a 1.93 ERA after the All-Star break. He appeared in 78 games, a franchise record for a right-hander.

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