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.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.