Votto the Swatto gets $225 million
By QMI Agency
|Joey Votto, of the Cincinnati Reds, agreed Monday to a contract extension. (GETTY IMAGES)
Canadian slugger Joey Votto has hit the jackpot, agreeing to the fourth-largest deal in baseball history -- a 10-year package worth $225 million with the Cincinnati Reds.
Votto, a Toronto native, agreed Monday to the contract extension, a source told USA Today.
The first baseman had set a Monday deadline with the Reds to agree on an extension, which will take effect after the final two years expire on his current three-year, $38-contract.
Votto's new deal comes on the heels of Albert Pujols agreeing to a 10-year, $240-million contract with the Los Angeles Angels and Prince Fielder getting nine years and $213 million from the Detroit Tigers.
The other contract that outranks Votto belongs to Alex Rodriguez, who is working on a 10-year, $277-million contract with the New York Yankees.
Votto, 28, has spent five seasons in the Reds organization and was the NL MVP in 2010. He has a career average of .313 with 119 homers and 401 RBI.