Reds Reward Joey Votto With Mega-Contract Extension

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0  Updated at 8:32 am, April 3rd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even though Cincinnati Reds fans feared they’d see star first baseman Joey Votto leave the team through free agency, he’ll never get the chance to hit the open market. ESPN is reporting that the Reds have signed Votto to a 10-year $225 million extension.

The former National League MVP’s contract will run through the 2023 season and is the fourth-biggest contract of all-time. It is the fourth $200+ million contract handed out to a first baseman since the end of last season. It is also the largest non-free agent contract ever given to a player.

The 28-year old Votto has been part of the Reds since his debut in 2007. In his five Major League seasons, Votto has only batted under .300 once (.297 average in 2008) and has established himself as one of the premier players in baseball. He took home the NL MVP Award in 2010 when he batted .324 with 37 home runs and driving in 113 runs.

In 2010, Votto helped lead the Reds to the postseason for the first time since 1995.