The Cincinnati Reds are discussing a contract extension with first baseman Joey Votto, whose deal runs through the 2013 season.
Votto declined to say how close the sides were to an agreement on Monday, referring questions to general manager Walt Jocketty, who wasn't immediately available.
Votto agreed to a three-year, $38 million deal on Jan. 15, 2011 that avoided salary arbitration. He gets base salaries of $9.5 million this year and $17 million in 2013. He was the National League's MVP in 2010, leading the Reds to the NL Central title.
The 28-year-old first baseman batted .309 last season with 28 homers and 103 RBIs. He has made the All-Star team each of the last two seasons.