Reds extend MVP Joey Votto

For 3/$38mil. It buys out all his arbitration years.

Obviously, it’s a good deal. He is coming off an MVP season and is, for sure, one of the best hitters in all of baseball. It may not save them a ton of money compared to what he would make in arbitration (he probably would have made around $8mil this season), but compared to his actual worth, they will be saving lots of money.

It would have been better if they could have got some of his FA years, but I’m pretty sure in the past Joey said he was against any real long term contract and he wants to be a FA in three years. So at least the Reds give him some money, while still saving on what they would have ultimately paid, which might make him more likely to sign in Cincinnati when he does become a FA.

Can’t complain if you’re a Reds fan.

 

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