Reds' Votto agrees to 12-year contract


by Traci Neuman

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto has agreed to the longest guaranteed contract in major league history, a 12-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth more than $200 million that adds 10 additional seasons to his previous agreement.

The 2010 NL Most Valuable Player had two years and $26.5 million left in his previous deal. The Reds approached him about a new contract in the offseason and worked out final details Wednesday, a day before the season opener against the Miami Marlins.

Votto's new contract includes a club option for 2024. It tops the 11 guaranteed seasons Colorado gave Todd Helton in 2001.

The 28-year-old first baseman led the Reds to the NL Central title in 2010. He hit .309 with 28 homers and 103 RBIs last season.


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