Joey Votto’s deal includes a $20 million option for 2024

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The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay has the breakdown of Joey Votto’s new 10-year, $225 million contract:

2014: $12 million
2015: $14 million
2016: $20 million
2017: $22 million
2018-23: $25 million per year
2024: $20 million team option with $7 million buyout

As reported, that’s $225 million in guaranteed money. On the off chance that the option is picked up — Votto will be 40 in 2024 — then the deal would be worth $238 million over 11 years.

The interesting thing is that Votto is actually taking a pretty substantial paycut in 2014-15. He’ll make $17 million in 2013 under the terms of his previous contract.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.