Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


BREAKING: Reds decline Votto's option

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The Reds today declined the 2024 club options on the contracts of C Curt Casali and 1B Joey Votto.

President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall on the decision to decline Votto’s option:

“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,” Krall said. “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.”


The Reds will play Votto $7M, per terms of his buyout.

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