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Joey Votto named NL MVP for 2010


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1st Joey Votto, Reds (31 of 32 first place votes)

2nd Albert Pujols, Cards (1 first place vote)

3rd Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

4th Adrian Gonzalez, Padres

5th Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


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Well we knew it would cost the Reds to keep him, but wow. From the AP...

CINCINNATI (AP)—Joey Votto(notes) powered the Cincinnati Reds to their first playoff appearance in 15 years, winning the NL MVP award for a breakthrough season.

The first baseman earned a raise, and boy, did he get one.

Votto has agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with Cincinnati, buying out his arbitration years and giving the reigning NL Central champs some short-term budget security.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press about the deal on Sunday on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been announced.

Votto was a first-time All-Star in 2010, finishing second in the NL in batting average at .324 and third in homers (37) and RBIs (113). He led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), topped the major leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and had 16 stolen bases in 21 chances.

He made $525,000 last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

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