May 20, 2018

Joey Votto likes the Reds but would want a long deal

Per Jon Heyman at CBSSports Joey Votto wants his next deal to be a long one. A 5 year deal does not interest Votto who
“It would be tough for a [top] position player to sign for five years. No matter how fond a person is of the city, players have to maximize the number of years,”Votto said.would look more in the 9 or 10 year range. (comparable to the deals that Prince Fielder and Pujols signed).

Although he said the Reds haven't approached him yet about a new deal, his heart seems to be in Cincinnati.

“I'm very proud I'm with the Reds,'' Votto said at one point.

When asked if he'd like to stay, he answered, “I definitely do.”

If Votto is able to keep the productivity up, I would be all for signing him to a long deal. However, the Reds may not have the ability to make a deal like that for one of the best players in the game.

In lineup news, Mark Sheldon reports:

Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey have combined to allowed three earned runs over 20 innings in their last five games.

That's strong for the Reds and the pitching is the one aspect I am most excited about heading into this season.