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MLB Offseason Roundup: Angels Have Eyes on Joey Votto

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This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason.

It’s been quite a winter for the Los Angeles Angels, who saw two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani head up the state of California to join the Dodgers.

Among the needs the Angeles still have to address is first base, and they reportedly have interest in a likely future Hall of Famer.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Angels are interested in longtime Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is a free agent for the first time in his career.

Votto has spent 17 seasons in the big leagues, all of which came with the Reds after they selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft.

Over his career, Votto has put together a .294/.409/.511 slash with 356 home runs and 1,144 RBIs in 2,056 games. Votto leads active players with 2,135 career hits and 1,365 walks.

The now 40-year-old was limited to 65 games last season with Cincinnati, where he hit .202 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .747 OPS. Despite the limited playing time, Votto slugged 14 homers and drove in 38 runs.

It would be strange to see Votto in any uniform other than the Reds, but he will in all likelihood be wearing a different jersey if he continues playing.

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES

  • The Miami Marlins have had a quiet MLB offseason, but they agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Trey Mancini, according to Heyman.

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