Toronto Blue Jays Sign Joey Votto

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Joey Votto Signs Minor League Contract with Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto native Joey Votto and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the 2024 MLB spring training, as officially announced by the team on Saturday.

The specific terms of the deal were not disclosed initially; however, according to reports by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Votto’s contract is valued at $2 million at the major league level, with an additional $2 million in potential incentives.

Background and Transition

Following the conclusion of the 2023 season, the Cincinnati Reds opted not to exercise a $20-million club option on Votto’s contract, instead choosing to pay out a $7-million buyout. This decision rendered the first baseman/designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his career.

Despite being 40 years old, Votto had previously signed a substantial 10-year, $225-million contract extension with the Reds back in 2012, showcasing his longstanding dedication and prowess in the sport.

Unfortunately, Votto’s recent seasons have been marred by injuries, including rotator cuff and biceps issues, which have limited his playing time. In the 2023 season, he participated in only 65 games, batting .202 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs.

However, with a strong desire to return to his peak performance, particularly his standout season in 2021 where he tallied 36 home runs and 99 RBIs, Votto remains optimistic about his future prospects with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Originally drafted as a second-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2002, Votto has established himself as a formidable force at the plate, amassing an impressive 356 home runs during his tenure with the club.

Earning numerous accolades over the course of his career, Votto’s contributions to the Reds have been significant. According to MLB.com, he ranks second all-time in franchise history in home runs, doubles (459), and OPS (.920), while leading in walks (1,365), ranking third in runs scored (1,171), fourth in hits (2,135), and fifth in games played (2,056).

His standout performance in 2010 led to Votto being awarded the National League MVP title, further solidifying his reputation as a six-time All-Star in Major League Baseball.

With this new opportunity with the Toronto Blue Jays, Votto’s fans and supporters eagerly anticipate witnessing his continued impact on the field as he embarks on this exciting chapter of his career.

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