1B,DH - FA
The Blue Jays have reportedly shown interest in free agent Joey Votto.
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins praised Votto for his hitting ability & character. There are reportedly some industry observers who view Votto as a fit for Toronto. It is also worth noting that Votto is from Toronto.
Joey Votto had his $20 million club option with the Reds declined. He is now a free agent.
This is not a shocking move as the 40-year-old hit .202/.314/.433 in just 65 games in 2023. Votto has expressed his desire to play in 2024, and may still end up reaching a new agreement with the Reds. But for now, it is possible that we will see Votto suit up for another team.
Joey Votto announced that he plans to play "at least one more year." He also said that he would love to return to the Reds but would consider playing for another team.
It was unclear if the 39-year-old was ready to call it quits after this season, but it turns out he isn't done yet. He has a $20 million club option for 2024, which is unlikely to be picked up, so a new deal would have to be made whether he stays with the Reds or goes elsewhere. He hit .202/.314/.433 in 65 games in 2023.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto is not in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Guardians.
Joey reached base three times via the walk on Tuesday and scored a run in his club's 11-7 win. He will start on the bench Wednesday, however, while he has hit just .178 with a .652 OPS since the All-Star break.
Joey Votto is back in the lineup for the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday.
Votto returns after sitting out for general rest Saturday, starting at first base and batting sixth against the Pirates for manager David Bell Sunday.