Joey Votto said Friday that he has no plans to publicly discuss his contract situation.
“I?m going to make it pretty simple for just about anybody,” said Votto. “I?m going to leave all that to the Reds front office and my agent and myself. I will try to keep it as private as possible. I don?t think it’s fair to the fans. I don?t think it’s fair to myself. It’s certainly not fair to the team for any of that type of stuff to creep into the season and become a distraction. I plan to make some sort of comment if I happen to sign an extension with the Reds or if I happen to get to the point where I get to free agency.” Votto, 28, is set to earn $9 million in 2012 and $17 million in 2013 before becoming a free agent.