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Reds ink Votto to 10-year deal

It seems that the National League Central won't lose all its superstar first basemen after all.

The Reds have announced that they have signed their first sacker, Joey Votto, to a deal that will pay him a total of $225 million over the next 10 years.

It seems former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty was smart enough to realise that if he didn't wait until Votto hit the free agent market that he would be much more likely to be able to retain him AND that he could roll the two years left of Votto's deal into the new contract. In other words, the deal only pays eight more years after Votto's current deal is up, not a full decade like some former NL Central first basemen we know.