By Mark Sheldon /

CINCINNATI — Signing a contract of a massive magnitude often requires very complicated thinking toward one very big decision.

For Reds first baseman Joey Votto, it ultimately came down to something very basic.

“The bottom line is I like it here,” Votto said.

On Wednesday, Votto was signed to the richest contract in Reds history — a 10-year, $225 million contract that comes with a $20 million club option for the 2024 season.

“I enjoy coming to the ballpark and playing for the Cincinnati fans,” Votto said following a news conference at Great American Ball Park. “I like the momentum that we’re building with the fans. That was big for me.”

The 2010 National League MVP, two-time All-Star and ’11 NL Gold Glove Award winner, Votto still had two years and $26 million remaining on the three-year, $38 million contract he signed in January 2011. He is due to earn $9.5 million this season and $19 million in ’13.

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