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Jason Motte Has A Very Detailed Incentive Clause

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I don't recall ever seeing one as detailed as this.

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The Cubs recently signed former Cardinals closer Jason Motte and, despite the fact that the Cubs had a very good closer in Hector Rondon in 2014, might use him in some "high-leverage" situations including closing situations, according to CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney.

That's why these very detailed incentive clauses in Motte's contract are of interest:

"GF" is "Games Finished." The relievers who get the most Games Finished on teams are, obviously, closers. Rondon led the Cubs with 44 GF in 2014; Justin Grimm was second with 19. Francisco Rodriguez of the Brewers led the major leagues with 66. (Rondon ranked 22nd.)

Thus, Motte stands to make a lot more money if he winds up being the Cubs' closer. For the record, only 10 pitchers in Cubs history have had 60 or more Games Finished in a single season:

Rk Player GF Year Age Tm Lg
1 Carlos Marmol 70 2010 27 CHC NL
2 Rod Beck 70 1998 29 CHC NL
3 Randy Myers 69 1993 30 CHC NL
4 Ryan Dempster 64 2006 29 CHC NL
5 Ted Abernathy 62 1965 32 CHC NL
6 Carlos Marmol 61 2011 28 CHC NL
7 Mitch Williams 61 1989 24 CHC NL
8 Phil Regan 60 1968 31 CHC NL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/23/2014.

There are some very good relief seasons in that list. If Motte joins it, it'll mean he -- and the Cubs -- have had a good 2015.