Reds, NL MVP Votto agree on 3-year deal worth $38 million
A multiyear deal would enable the Reds to avoid arbitration with Joey Votto
Votto was the NL MVP in 2010, when he hit .324 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs
The Reds and National League MVP Joey Votto agreed Sunday on a three-year deal worth $38 million.
The 27-year-old first baseman was eligible for arbitration, but the new contract will allow the Reds to avoid that. Votto, meanwhile, gets a multiyear deal without delaying his free-agent eligibility in 2014.
Votto made $550,000 in 2010, his third full season in the majors, when he broke out with 37 home runs, 113 RBIs and a .324 batting average.
The new agreement was first reported by MLB.com. Negotiations were initially reported by SI.com.