While Joey Votto was openly critical of his team's performance after Monday's 10-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the first baseman said he was speaking out of frustration and wants to remain with the Cincinnati Reds until retirement.
"I'm proud to wear a Reds uniform," Votto told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer prior to Tuesday's game, "and I look forward to doing that until the last day of my Major League Baseball career."
The Reds are off to a miserable start in 2018, already trailing the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers by 11 games. Meanwhile, every team in the division has already recorded at least 20 wins, while Cincinnati's record is just 14-28.
The 34-year-old Votto was drafted in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft and made his big-league debut five years later. Now in his 12th season, he's played 1,471 career games - all with the Reds - while being named National League MVP in 2010 and finishing second last year in one of the most tightly contested award votes in recent memory.
Votto signed a 10-year contract extension in 2012 worth $225 million with a full no-trade clause that doesn't expire until after the 2023 season, at the earliest.
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