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Reds working on multi-year extension with Joey Votto

Jan 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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UPDATE: A three-year, $38 million contract extension was agreed to on Sunday afternoon.


Reds first baseman Joey Votto qualifies for arbitration this winter for the first time in his major league career.  But he may never actually have to face an arbitration hearing.

The slugger is in line for a massive raise from the $550,000 salary that he pulled in last season while capturing National League MVP honors, so the Reds are being  proactive in the month or so before spring training and are looking into signing him to a multi-year contract extension, according to’s Jon Heyman.

The Reds could simply give Votto a three-year deal that would cover all of his arbitration eligible seasons and keep him in Cincy through 2013 at a fairly bargain rate — something like $37 million.  Or they could pony up even more and buy out some of his free agent years, albeit at a higher overall price tag.

The 27-year-old has all of the leverage in the world this offseason after posting a scorching .324/.424/.600 batting line, 37 home runs and 113 RBI in 2010, but there’s little doubt that he is going to be highly productive for at least the next several seasons.  The Reds may save themselves some cash in the long run (and the pain of possibly losing Votto to free agency) by getting a big extension worked out this winter.

  1. elmaquino - Jan 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Brin em on! Afterall, it’ the REAL mvp’s birthday today, and he is just days away from a long-term extension, too!

    • dansullivan82 - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      I assume you mean albert.If he couldnt catch the reds and votto in the central he didnt deserve it.

      • Mark - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        Yes, it’s Pujols fault that his teammates weren’t as good as Votto’s. Great logic!

      • dansullivan82 - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        Yea like the great lineup that got about five hits in the series against Philadelphia?Or maybe the pitching staff led by Arroyo ans Harrange.I’ll give you cueto can be good but thats not always the case and chapman didnt show up until september.

      • Mark - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        I’m not gonna blame Cincinnati’s offense based on a 3 game sample because they had to face Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels. I wouldn’t expect the Cards to have done any better in that series.

  2. dansullivan82 - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    p.s. I dont mean to disrespect pujuols I just thought Votto deserved it this year.I realize Albert is an all time great and Joey would be lucky to have close to his career,still Votto was better this year.

    • dansullivan82 - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Yea thats as good of a starting 3 in the league outside of san fran.That bein said if you dont think the cards would of done any better(i tend to agree),imagine this year with Lee on that staff!Its almost unfair.

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