Votto wants to play 'at least one more year'

October 6th, 2023

just finished his 17th Major League season, but he’s not done yet.

The 40-year-old first baseman told the Dan Patrick Show on Friday that he wants to continue playing in MLB -- “at least one more year.”

“As far as being retired, I’m not retired quite yet,” Votto said.

Votto has spent his entire career with the Reds, earning six All-Star nods and winning the 2010 NL MVP Award. But whether his 18th season would also be for Cincinnati remains a question.

Votto’s contract includes a $20 million club option for the 2024 season. The Reds can either pick it up and keep Votto around or buy out the contract for $7 million and re-sign him as a free agent. 

Votto, who has had one of the best runs by a player with a single team, said he certainly hoped to remain with the Reds, but if they buy out his contract, it’ll be “a new experience.”

“I’ll be a free agent for the first time in my professional baseball career,” he said. “I don’t know how excited I am about that.”

Regardless of where he ends up, Votto isn’t ready to end his career yet. Not on this note, anyway. He played in just 156 games over the past two seasons, hitting .204 with a .712 OPS.

“The last couple years were crummy,” Votto said. “I wasn’t healthy for two years, so I’d like to play well. It’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.”