Top Options for the Cardinals to Replace Injured Closer Jason Motte

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Top Options for the Cardinals to Replace Injured Closer Jason Motte
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Motte could undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery if his elbow doesn't show improvement by next month.

With the news that closer Jason Motte will be shut down for at least another month and could require Tommy John surgery (per Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com), the St. Louis Cardinals will have to weigh their options internally and possibly go outside the organization, if necessary.

Acquiring an impact closer is a strong possibility if the Cardinals aren’t comfortable with what they currently have. Their farm system is one of, if not the best, in the game, so they have the resources to go out and trade for the best available option.

Here’s a closer look at the current closer, an internal candidate and four options that would have to be acquired via trade or free agency.

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