Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/19/13
Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he understands why second baseman Brandon Phillips questioned his big contract extension during a magazine interview that was released on Friday. In the upcoming issue of Cincinnati Magazine, Phillips is quoted as saying he is ''still scarred'' that the front office gave Votto a 10-year, $225 million extension in 2012, when the first baseman still had two years left on his contract. At the time, Phillips was in his option year trying to get a multiyear extension. He thought his chances of staying in Cincinnati were gone because Votto got such a big deal. Phillips wound up agreeing to a five-year extension worth $72.5 million a few days later. The two infielders started for the National League in the All-Star game on Wednesday. Votto is under contract through 2023, Phillips through 2017. Votto said on Friday before the start of a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that Phillips had talked to him about the matter and he had no problems with th...
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