Cincinnati Reds and Joey Votto agree to a massive deal
The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a massive long-term contract extension with first baseman Joey Votto.
The contract is reportedly a 10-year deal worth $225 million. This deal will keep Votto in Cincinnati until 2023. A no trade clause is said to be part of the package as well.
The contract has still yet to be officially confirmed, but it would be the fourth-largest in baseball history.
“I can’t comment till it’s done,” Votto said. “You’ll have to ask Walt. It’s a gray area. I’ll be much more forthcoming later.”
This deal will keep Votto from looking at other options in 2013. The Reds have been anxious to lock Votto to a long term deal. They failed to do so last year, only making a 3-year deal.
In January 2011, Votto signed on to a $38 million deal, and still has 2 years left on this contract. He will make $9.5 million this year, and $17 million in 2013.
Earlier this off-season, two All-Star first basemen also signed on to long term contracts that broke the $200 million mark. Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Angels, and Prince Fielder signed a 9-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers.
Votto is batting .313 in his 5 years in the Major Leagues, with 119 home runs and 401 RBIs. In 2010, he was the National League MVP, hitting .324 with 113 RBIs, both career highs for the first baseman.