Cincinnati Reds and Joey Votto agree to 12 year, $200 million deal

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Star slugger Joey Votto agreed to a 12-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds today that is the longest guaranteed contract in major league baseball history. The contract adds 10 years to his old contract, and includes a club option for 2024.

The Reds secured their 2010 National League MVP for more than $200 million, a much more expensive contract than Ken Griffey Jr. when he returned to his home town. The longest MLB deal in history is also the largest in Reds’ history.

Unlike Prince Fielder with the Brewers and Albert Pujols with the Cardinals, the Reds weren’t going to let their star get away.

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Cubs Deal Sean Marshall to the Reds; get Young Players in Return

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 Theo Epstein sent a message of rebuilding today. Actually he already sent that message earlier this week when he said that the Chicago Cubs were not interested in acquiring Prince Fielder. It’s clear: a youth movement, rebuilding from scratch is going on in Chicago.

Today, Theo acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall. Marshall leaves the Cubs with a 32-40 record, seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 292 appearances over six seasons.

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Setting Up Detroit Tigers Pitching for Postseason Success

Closer Jose Valverde and starter Justin Verlander obviously anchor the pitching staff in Detroit. The former has forty save opportunities in the same amount of chances. The latter has garnered his twenty-first victory already with almost a month left. Valverde’s numbers are a little misleading because his whip is near one and a third. This would usually dictate a few blown saves, but he has been the master in working his way out of jams.

The team buried the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night after coming back from a seven run deficit.

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Source of Adam Dunn’s Hitting Struggles Revealed

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When Adam Dunn signed a 4-year, $56 Million contract with the Chicago White Sox in the offseason, GM Kenny Williams believed he was adding his much-coveted left handed bat in the middle of the line-up with a career on-base plus slugging percentage (.OPS), of .890.

Instead he has a player hitting 114 points below his listed weight, who is posting a .487 OPS at a home ballpark known as a launching pad, and is striking out in over 43% of his at bats.  What is wrong with Adam Dunn? The Sportsbank has an inside look at what his problem could be.

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