Active Team This Offseason "Now Interested" In Signing Joey Votto

The Los Angeles Angels have emerged as one of the interested parties in signing veteran first baseman Joey Votto, following his long tenure with the Cincinnati Reds.

Votto, now 40 years old, finds himself in free agency for the first time in his illustrious career, which spanned 17 seasons with the Reds.

This marks a significant point in his career, given that he has been with the Reds since they drafted him in 2002.

The Angels' interest in Votto comes at a time when they are looking to bolster their lineup, particularly after the departure of Shohei Ohtani.

Votto's experience and career achievements, including being a six-time All-Star and the 2010 NL MVP, make him an attractive option.

Despite battling injuries in recent seasons, including a shoulder issue that limited his play, Votto has shown resilience and a continued ability to contribute at a high level.

In the 2023 season, he played 65 games, hitting 14 home runs and driving in 38 runs.

The Reds decided not to exercise Votto's $20-million club option for 2024, effectively making him a free agent.

This decision is part of the Reds' broader strategy focusing on rebuilding with a younger roster.

Votto's potential move to the Angels or another interested team like the Toronto Blue Jays would signify a new chapter for both him and the acquiring team. Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK