Votto gets BLOCKBUSTER deal
The Reds have agreed to terms on a 10-year, $225 million contract extension with first baseman Joey Votto, according to a report Monday evening by USA Today.
The blockbuster deal, which comes with a full no-trade clause according to the report, would keep Votto with the Reds through the 2023 season.
If the report is accurate, Votto would be the third first baseman since the end of last season to receive a contract worth more than $200 million. But the two others — Albert Pujols with the Angels and Prince Fielder with the Tigers — were with new clubs. Pujols and Votto share the same agent, Dan Lozano.
Votto, 28, still has two years remaining on the three-year, $38 million contract he signed in January 2011. He is due to make $9.5 million this season and $17 million in ’13.
The extension also keeps Votto, the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player, from exploring the free-agent market in two years when he would have first been eligible.