Votto did well staying in the small market .

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3. Joey Votto - $225,000,000

I'm not quite sure where the Cincinnati Reds found 200 million dollars from, but i doubt that Joey Votto, his family, and his agents care one iota. 

The deal is a huge gamble for the small market team, who themselves have admitted that how much of a risk it is.

"Is it risky?" said owner Bob Castellini, who sought a lot of outside advice before signing off on the deal. "No doubt. That's the environment we live in, especially as a small market. We feel Joe will be a cornerstone."

The extension far and away beat the previous record deal that the Reds had paid a player. Ken Griffey Jr's $116m 7-year deal looks like loose change compared to what the first baseman will be on. 

Votto was voted as an All-Star this year, for the fourth time straight, so he must still be doing something right in Ohio. 

But the contract, which runs to 2023, has a no-trade clause included, so unless Votto keeps up his respectable figure till the age of 40 the Reds could be down a lot. But they are prepared to take that hit as it sends out a warning, we can keep our stars.

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