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Cubs ink Motte to 1-year deal

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced the signing of right handed reliever Jason Motte to a one-year deal Friday. Motte, 32, has 54 saves in six major league seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The signing had been rumored for several days as Motte will provide some back end help to the Cubs bullpen. The deal is for $4.5 million with incentives related to closing games, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hector Rondon is currently the Cubs' closer. He saved 29 games last season, his first in that role.

Motte had 42 saves in 2012 but missed the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He appeared in 29 games last season, going 1-0 with a 4.68 ERA.