Todd Frazier Sent to Louisville

The Reds optioned Todd Frazier this afternoon to AAA Louisville to make room for relief pitcher Alfredo Simon who was released by the Baltimore Orioles and claimed by the Reds yesterday. The final position player slot on the active roster went to journeyman outfielder Willie Harris who provides a left-handed bat off the bench. Brutal luck for Frazier, who led the Reds in runs, home runs, RBI and OPS in Goodyear. The Reds’ back-up for 3B Scott Rolen will instead be 37-year-old Miguel Cairo.

Votto Contract Details

Joey Votto’s contract is substantially back-loaded. He’ll actually take a hefty pay cut after earning $19 million in 2013. John Fay is reporting this payment schedule:

2014: $12 million

2015: $14 million

2016: $20 million

2017: $22 million

2018-2023: $25 million

2024: $20 million club option, $7 million buyout