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Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

Posted on: October 3, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 2:58 pm
Joey Votto The Reds would certainly like to lock up probable-MVP Joey Votto to a long-term contract, but Votto may not be interested as he approaches his first year of aribtration eligibility.

The team hasn't approached Votto about an extension, he said. That's hardly surprising, because general manager Walt Jocketty traditionally doesn't like to talk contracts during the season.

But the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay asked Votto if he'd be interested in an extension .

"I don't know," Votto said.

Votto's one of the most honest, straight-forward ballplayers I've ever dealt with. Most likely, he hasn't thought about it and wouldn't want to talk specifics without actually knowing the specifics. That's how Votto works -- he's never been a fan of hypotheticals.

Reality is he's eligible for arbitration at just the right time, as the 27-year old will likely be named the league's MVP after a .323/.423/.598 season with 37 homers and 112 RBI.

The largest-ever contract awarded to a first-year arbitration-eligible player was Ryan Howard, who received $10 million for the 2008 season. Howard was a year off his 2006 MVP and had hit .268/.392/.584 with 47 home runs and 136 RBI.

To that point of his career, Howard was hitting .291/.397/.610 with 129 home runs and 353 RBI. Votto is .314/.400/.557 with 90 home runs and 297 RBI in his career.

If I'm Votto, or his agent, I use Howard's $10 million as a starting point. Fay does as well, and also guesses the Reds offer $8 million. In the end, don't expect them to go to arbitration, that's not something the Reds enjoy and it would be precisely the type of spotlight the intensely private Votto would like to do without.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 5:10 pm

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

I am a Reds fan who lives in the Tampa area.
 You have no room at all to talk,especially being a Bucs fan on top of it.  Wink
You for one should know that you have the biggest(yes,that is fact) bandwagon fans in sports.
Stop with the population BS also. Where are all the Buc fans from the Superbowl days? You had a waiting list for season tickets just 3 years ago and now your blacked out and showing the Dolphins games.Where are those fans now?
How bout the 20,000 tickets Price and Evan bought AFTER the clinch?  Why could go see the game for free but can't buy tickets all season long? Please,man...I don't want to hear it. I can go on ALL day.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:50 pm
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:18 pm

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

Blah blah blah. Attendance this and that. It's not Reds fans responsibility to go to every game of the season. I'm sorry but people have lives outside of baseball and are just fine going a handful of times a season. Attendance numbers are always reflected in the year following a good season because thats when season tickets are purchased. I thought everyone knew that. The Reds have had a very large spike in ticket sales but won't be hitting the big numbers till next season when people come out in  for season tickets and packages in anticipation of another good season. Season tickets were low this year because everyone and their brother expected the Reds to be a sub .500 hundred team yet again and even the biggest fans don't want to see their favorite team hammered more than a handful of times. When you have such low season tickets bought, then those walk-up tickets don't help because their just filling a void. I'm pretty impressed with the turnout  considering up until very late in the season experts were still predicting the collapse of the team and Cincinnati fans have come to expect that as well. Shame on you  that get down on fans for not coming. It's great to get out to the ballpark and catch a game but to some of us with families, watching on your HD flatscreen will suffice from time to time. Don't forget that we have a pretty good radio announcer as well that caters to more than a few faithful Reds fans.

Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:45 am

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

who cares about attendance i am a baseball fan, but i am on strike from attending any baseball well any pro sport want me to spend my hard earned money as a fan then i want lower ticket prices and LOWER CONCESSION prices. and just maybe if everyone else joins me ON MY BOYCOTT,  just maybe pro sports will make it more affordable and offer some good tickets to the general public and not just the corperate big wigs. dont get me wrong i know baseball is the cheapest event to attend until it is a meaningfull game then the prices double triple and the concession prices are out of this world. so i salute you tampa fans. owners and high paid athletes need us more than we need them.   

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:39 pm

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

Casey he does have his facts straight! The Reds are ranked 21st in home attendance & Tampa is ranked 22nd. So as he said the Reds are 1 spot above the Rays.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 6:50 pm

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

You need to get your facts straight buddy. The Reds had the fourth largest increase in attendance this year and they draw alot more than the Rays!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2010 5:19 pm

Votto not interested in a long-term deal?

For all the talk about the Rays attendance, Cinci is only 1 spot ahead of them (and really... shame on you Cinci! You have a larger population base and a longer history then the Rays. You really should be the focus of the criticism instead of the St. Pete Rays...). Arbitration takes attendance into concideration. He's not going for 10m arb1 in Cinci.

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