MLB notes: Joey Votto says winning World Series 'the most important thing in my career'

Reds first baseman Joey Votto fields the ball during a spring training game against the Indians in...

Reds first baseman Joey Votto fields the ball during a spring training game against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2013. (RALPH D. FRESO/Reuters)

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He's won a National League MVP award. He's a three-time all star and a Lou Marsh Trophy winner. He's also a rich man, having signed a 10-year, $225 million contract extension that runs through 2014.

So what's missing for Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto?

A World Series ring.

"At this point for me, it's the most important thing in my career,” the 29-year-old told Yahoo! Sports Monday. "In the past, as a young player, you want to earn a contract, you want some individual achievements. You don't know why you want to win. As you play a bit more, it's very common for players as they age -- and I'm certainly not in that category -- but players as they age, the one thing that's missing is winning and being on a World Series championship team."

After trading for right-hander Mat Latos last off-season and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo this go-around, the Toronto native is hoping the Reds are ready to take that next step.

"The players that came up through the Reds organization or that we traded for are starting to move toward the prime of their careers," he said. "Hopefully we get to take advantage of that prime."

Cincinnati won the NL Central division in 2010 and 2012, but lost their NL Division Series those years to the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants respectively.

BREWERS SIGN LOHSE

Kyle Lohse has found a team to pitch for this season.

The free agent right-hander has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team announced Monday. The deal is reportedly for three years and $33 million.

The 34-year-old was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 33 starts last year for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The veteran pitcher had a difficult time finding a team after turning down the Cards' tender offer during the winter because of MLB's new draft pick compensation system.

The Brewers have to forfeit the 17th overall pick in the June draft and the slot money attached to that pick to get Lohse.

BETEMIT LEAVES GAME WITH INJURY

Wilson Betemit had to be helped off the field after the Baltimore Orioles designated hitter suffering a sprained right knee in a game Monday.

The Baltimore Post reported Betemit was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 PCL tear. The Orioles are unsure how long he will be sidelined.

Betemit was trying to get back to first base when he collapsed near second.

He hit .261 with 12 homers for the Orioles last season.

INDIANS SELECT GIAMBI FROM MINORS

The Cleveland Indians selected the contract on Jason Giambi from the triple-A Columbus roster Monday.

The veteran infielder was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain. He is eligible to come off the DL April 9.

Giambi, 42, played for the Colorado Rockies in 2012 and hit .225 with one homer in 60 games.

The Indians also optioned catcher Yan Gomes and infieder Cord Phelps to triple-A Columbus.

BRIEFLY

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will open the season for the second straight year for the San Diego Padres ... The St. Louis Cardinals have tabbed 22-year-old Sean Miller as their fifth starter, MLB.com reported ... The Arizona Diamondbacks released veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who had signed a minor league deal with the team.


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