Joey Votto is getting a contract extension from the Cincinnati Reds, and it’s a mammoth one. The slugging first baseman will re-sign for 10 years and $225 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Votto’s new deal is the fourth-biggest contract in baseball history. It’s also the third deal of $200 million-plus given to a first baseman since the offseason, following the megadeals for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. Votto will also receive a full no-trade clause from the Reds.
Votto still has two years left on his current deal. He will make $9.5 million this season and $17 million in 2014 before the new contract kicks in. He’s all set to be a Red through 2023, when he’ll be 39 years old.
The Reds drafted Votto in the second round in 2002 and guided him to stardom. The first baseman has delivered 119 home runs and 401 RBIs over the last four-plus seasons. He is a two-time All-Star and the 2010 National League MVP.