Votto at Redsfest
The reigning NL MVP Joey Votto arrived at Redsfest on Saturday and was naturally a man in demand. Votto talked with reporters with a little while. I will have more in a story later on MLB.com.
Obviously, there is much speculation about Votto’s contract situation. He’s arbitration eligible and due a large raise from his $525,000 salary in 2010. The Reds are open to signing Votto to a multi-year contract but when asked if he’d like to be in Cincinnati long term, Votto wasn’t prepared to tip his hand. Everything remains in the preliminary stages.
“I don’t know as far as beyond three years. I think it’s a real unfair question to ask,” Votto said. “This is not me saying I don’t want to be here. But last year was a difficult year for me. This year was a better year for me. It’s really hard for me to think three years ahead, five years ahead, seven years ahead or 10 years ahead. When [Troy] Tulowitzki signed that 10-year contract [with the Rockies], I was blown away. I can’t imagine seeing myself 10 years from now saying I want to be here. It’s an overwhelming thing to ask a young person like myself and say ‘here’s a lot of money. Be happy with this over 10 years, deal with it.'”
Votto said he has not timetable to get a deal done this winter.
“I wouldn’t let contract talks interrupt my lif,” Votto said. “It’s inevitable that I am going to have some sort of contract in the future. Whether it’s one year or whatever years, I’m not going to let that interrupt not only my free time, but also my training in the off-season. It certainly won’t affect my game. When you caught up in the hype and all the stuff and everything, that’s when you get into trouble. I’m not going to let that happen. “
It appears that Votto has no plans to take any hometown discounts to remain with the Reds for the long haul.
I’m not going to disrespect the people ahead of me that paved the way for those types of earnings and the people behind me that expect a certain amount or fair value,” he said. “I don’t want to hurt the people behind me. That’s not fair.”
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