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:
jason motte: $4.5M base. 250K for 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 gf. 250K 60 games, 65 games. $2.5M bonus max #cubs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 22, 2014
"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:
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.