In the end, it came down to the fact that Joey Votto really likes it in Cincinnati. Well, that and about of a quarter of a billion dollars.

Votto's 10-year, $225 million contract extension was officially announced Wednesday on the eve of Opening Day. A year ago when Votto signed a three-year, $38 million contract, he said he couldn't imagine a 10-year deal

"My girlfriend probably hopes this is a trend going forward that I'm more willing to make long-term commitments," he joked.