The Cincinnati Reds announced they declined Joey Votto's $20M club option for 2024. That will make Joey Votto a free agent for the first time in his entire career. Joey Votto spent 17 years with the Reds.
Joey Votto accomplished so much stuff with the Reds. He's a true legend. In 17 seasons, Joey Votto was a 6x All-Star, 2010 NL MVP, 2011 Gold Glove, 2010 Hank Aaron Award, and his overall stats were a .294 BA, 2,135 H, 356 HR's, and 1,144 RBI's.
When this news was announced, Reds president of baseball operations, Nick Krall spoke on this decision. Nick Krall said, "For 17 seasons, Joey has been the heart of Reds baseball as a Most Valuable Player, All-Star and respected clubhouse leader. His contributions to our team and his extraordinary generosity toward those in need, throughout our region and beyond, cannot be measured."
More of Nick Krall: "At this point of the off-season, based on our current roster and projected plans for 2024, as an organization we cannot commit to the playing time Joey deserves. He forever will be part of the Reds' family, and at the appropriate time we will thank and honor him as one of the greatest baseball players of this or any generation."
No matter what happens in the off-season, it's going to be very strange to see Joey Votto in a different uniform in 2024. Whoever lands Joey Votto this off-season, they're going to be a lucky team. Joey Votto is a hard worker and well respected around the baseball world.