The National League leader in saves last season will be pitching with the St. Louis Cardinals until at least 2015, as Jason Motte agreed to a deal with the club on Thursday. A two year $12M extension sounds about right for Motte, who was a big part in the Cardinals run towards their second-straight NLCS.
Motte has had a storied career thus far which includes being drafted as a catcher in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB draft. Since then he has been up and down on the mound, but enjoyed the most success of his career in 2012 with 42 saves in a career high 72 innings.
Although some relievers hit a wall come postseason time, Motte flourished in the 2012 postseason, yielding just two earned runs in 8.1 total innings. Had it not been for Motte’s big win versus the Washington Nationals in game five of the NLDS, the Cardinals may have not had the chance to move on to the NLCS. Motte is not be a household name around the MLB, but he has done a wonderful job in the postseason which is what any team can hope for from its relievers.
With both Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica reaching deals to avoid arbitration it was only a matter of time before the Cardinals gave their closer an extension as well. The Cards did a good job keeping all of their arms in the bullpen happy as they will need them against the revamped divison rival Cincinnati Reds–only the Nationals won more games than the Reds last year who won the NL Central with 97 wins .