Votto's record numbers, Canuck MLB odds

*Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) headed for 10-year $225 contract extension, with the Cincinnati Red, a record contract for Canadian ...  2012 Canadians in College 2012 Canadians draft list Letters of Intent 2011 Canadians in the Minors


By Bob Elliott

Joey Votto has already been established as the favourite to win the National League MVP award this fall.

And Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) is close to a new contract as well. USA Today reported that Votto and his agent have agreed on the framework of a 10-year, $225 million extension with St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty.  Sound like Albert Pujols numbers? Votto and Pujols are represented by the same agent.

The two sides talked a multi-year deal after Votto led the Reds to the NL Central title and won the NL MVP award in 2010 when he hit .324 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs. They agreed upon a three-year, $38 million deal locking up Votto through 2013.

 Meanwhile, oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas had listed Votto as the 7/1 favorite on MLB player props to win the NL MVP award this season.
The over/under on Votto's numbers this season ... average .312; homers 39, RBIs 105, Triple Crown 18/1.
Some other betting props according to Bodog.ca ... over/unders

John Axford

Total Saves 35


Jason Bay

Average .250

Homers 15


Erik Bedard

Wins eight


Yes -150, No +110


Yes -110 No -110


Ryan Dempster

Wins 10


Russell Martin 

Homers 14


Justin Morneau

Average .290

Homers 18


Yes -140, No EVEN




Canadian born player in All Star Game?

Yes -800

No +500