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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 22 November 2010 15:09

Joey  Votto Today, the BBWAA announced that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has overwhelmingly won the NL  MVP Award.

According to the BBWAA:

Of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers from each league city, Votto was listed first on 31 and second on the other to score 443 points, based on the tabulation system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th.

Votto ranked among the NL's Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories. He hit .324 with 37 HR, 113 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

The first-time National League All-Star led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led his league in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs RHP (.347), RBI ratio (4.8ab) and OPS (1.024). In the prestigious Triple Crown categories, Votto ranked second in the NL in hitting (.324) and third in both homers (37) and RBI (113).

So, the question now is, how much will Votto and his agent Dan Lazano seek in salary arbitration?

Votto is a salary arbitration eligible player for the first time. His 1B comps will likely have him earning a hefty pay increase through the system. Here are three star players that Lozano and Votto could look at:

Year(s)

Player

MLS

Club Offer

Plyr Offer

Dec

Award Amt

2008

Fielder, Prince S.

3.068

$6,000,000

$8,000,000

0

$0

2008

Howard, Ryan J.

3.145

$14,000,000

$18,000,000

0

$0

2003

Pujols, Albert

3.000

$7,000,000

$10,500,000

0

$0

 

Howard and Pujols will come into the discussion but the Brewers Prince Fielder is the closest comp.

Fielder came in 3rd in MVP voting in 2007, was an All-Star, and won a Silver Slugger as a first-time salary arb player. Votto has now won it. Fielder lead the league with HRs that year (50), had a higher slugging percentage (.618) with a slightly lower OPS (1.013). Votto is far ahead in OBP where Fielder had .395. Could the $8 million player asking figure be the starting off point for any discussions around a contract?

In terms of Howard, his 2007 $10 million award is still a record for the highest amount awarded out of a salary arbitration hearing. It’s also why the Phillies offered him (and he accepted) his 3-year, $54 million contract in 2009.

Looking at Howard’s 2006 numbers that earned him the MVP, he led the league in HRs (58), RBI (149), and TB (383). From an awards perspective, he was also an All-Star and a Silver-Slugger award winner. His OPS was 1.084, with a .425 OBP.

In terms of Pujols, as a first time arb player his 2002 season saw him land as second in MVP voting. He did not lead the league in any statistical catagories had a .394 OBP, .995 OPS, 34 HRs, 118 runs, and 185 hits.

What will drive Votto’s 2011 salary will be the asking figure by Lozano and the offering figure by the Reds. If Votto and Lozano file slightly higher than Fielder, say in the $8.5-$9 million range, it’s possible that Votto could land north of $7 million next season. That would be $500,000 north of Fielder’s $6.5 million that he earned as part of the 2-year, $18.025 million deal he reached with the Brewers in ’09. $7 million was also the mid-point between the asking and offering figures between Fielder and the Brewers.

Watch Votto closely over the next few months. The Reds may make a multi-year offer. He also is in store for a handsome raise. Last season he earned $550,000.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE DETAILS ON THE NL MVP VOTING INCLUDING VOTE COUNTS

Back to the NL MVP voting according to the BBWAA:

 

 

The other first-place vote went to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who was second on 21 ballots, third on eight, fourth on one and sixth on one for a total of 279 points. A three-time winner who had won each of the previous two seasons, Pujols led the league in home runs (42), RBI (118), runs (115) and extra-base hits (82) while batting .312, which ranked sixth.

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, another Triple Crown threat, finished third in the voting with 240 points. Gonzalez won the batting title with a .336 average, was second in RBI (117) and fourth in home runs (34). He also led the league in hits (197), total bases (351) and grand slams (3) and was third in runs (111).

Votto, Pujols and Gonzalez were the only players on every ballot. In all, 27 players gained mention.

Here’s the award voting:

The voting:

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Points

Joey Votto, Cincinnati

31

1

443

Albert Pujols, St. Louis

1

21

8

1

1

279

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado

7

13

5

4

2

1

240

Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego

1

3

15

8

2

1

197

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado

2

1

7

8

4

3

2

132

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia

1

3

4

3

5

2

5

3

130

Aubrey Huff, San Francisco

3

2

2

3

1

4

4

70

Jayson Werth, Philadelphia

3

3

1

3

2

2

52

Martin Prado, Atlanta

1

1

4

4

5

2

51

Ryan Howard, Philadelphia

1

1

1

2

2

1

50

Buster Posey, San Francisco

1

1

1

1

2

4

1

40

Matt Holliday, St. Louis

1

4

1

4

32

Brian Wilson, San Francisco

1

2

2

1

2

28

Scott Rolen, Cincinnati

1

1

3

3

2

26

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

1

2

1

1

1

19

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington

2

1

2

3

18

Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia

1

1

1

12

Dan Uggla, Florida

1

1

1

2

12

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis

1

2

1

12

Jason Heyward, Atlanta

2

1

1

11

Brian McCann, Atlanta

1

1

1

9

Adam Dunn, Washington

1

1

3

9

Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado

1

7

David Wright, New York

1

3

Corey Hart, Milwaukee

1

2

Josh Johnson, Florida

1

2

Heath Bell, San Diego

2

2

Source: BBWAA


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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