April 16, 2024


“We do not have a spot for him to play proper now.”

Joey Votto will get a $7 million buyout. AP Picture/Aaron Doster

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto’s $20 million possibility for 2024 was declined Saturday by the Reds, making the primary baseman a free agent and certain ending his profession with Cincinnati after 17 seasons.

Votto will get a $7 million buyout, finishing a contract that assured $251.5 million over 12 seasons.

“We’re not closing the door on something,” common supervisor Nick Krall stated. “I simply suppose with the gamers we’ve on our roster proper now, there’s no enjoying time. We’ve bought to determine get enjoying time for a few of these gamers to maintain shifting ahead, and I feel that’s the place we’re proper now. One thing may occur, however proper now it’s not there.”

Cincinnati additionally declined its a part of a $4 million mutual possibility with catcher Curt Casali, who will get a $750,000 buyout.

Krall stated throughout a convention name that Votto was in Spain when he notified him on Thursday morning. Krall stated he mentioned the transfer with CEO Bon Castellini and it was not a monetary choice There was no dialogue of a brand new deal.

“We don’t have a spot for him to play proper now,” Krall stated. “We have to get different gamers at-bats, in order that’s the place the choice was.”

Votto, 40, hit .202 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in 65 video games this season. He didn’t play his first recreation till June 19, 10 months to the day after surgical procedure on his left biceps and rotator cuff.

A six-time All-Star and the 2010 NL MVP, Votto has a .294 common with 356 homers and 1,144 RBIs.

Krall stated the Reds weren’t able to decide to Christian Encarnacion-Strand or Spencer Steer at third base.

Casali, 34, hit .175 with six RBIs over 50 video games in his first season with the Reds. He’s a 10-year large league veteran.