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Reds 'working hard' on deal with Votto

Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: January 16, 2011 10:35 am
Joey Votto The Reds are "working hard" at a three-year contract for National League MVP Joey Votto, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets .

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty has repeatedly said this offseason that he hoped to avoid arbitration and work out a long-term deal with his first baseman.

Votto is arbitration-eligible for the first time and Heyman suggests a deal would be for three years, buying out his arbitration-eligible years, and still allow Votto to be eligible for free agency following the 2013 season. Heyman tweets the deal would "likely" be for "about $37 million." That would give Votto a large payday, as well as give the Reds cost certainty for the next three years.

Earlier this offseason, the team signed Jay Bruce -- arbitration-eligible as a "Super Two" -- to a six-year deal worth $51 million, also avoiding arbitration.

Votto is one of four arbitration-eligible Reds remaining, along with left-handed reliever Bill Bray and right-handed starters Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez. Cincinnati hasn't gone to arbitration with a player since 2004, when the team beat Chris Reitsma.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:37 am

Reds 'working hard' on deal with Votto

Arbitration can be both a good and bad thing for a team. Using arbitration to stave off free agency is bad, because it's always that one year deal. It is imperative that the Reds sign Votto to a long term deal now. Don't let him go out on the open market and raise the price of his services. I would love to see a long term deal, and I would also like to see a bit more pitching, as well as some good bench play. The pieces are in place, it's now time to go back to the days of the Big Red Machine and simply kick ass and take names.

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