Jason Motte agreed to a two-year deal worth $12 million plus performance incentives on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. In 2012, Motte went 4-5 with a 2.75 ERA and 42 saves. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and has been a fixture in the bullpen ever since the 2009 season.

I’m very happy that they were able to get this done. Motte has his flaws, but he is comparatively a very reliable closer. All the Cardinals have to worry about now is David Freese and Marc Rzepczynski, their last unsigned players who are eligible for arbitration. Sources say that the Rzepczynski deal is imminent, while it is looking more and more likely that Freese and the Cardinals will have to go in front of a judge, seeing that they are still over $1.3 million apart.

More on this story as it develops.