CINCINNATI — Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he understands why second baseman Brandon Phillips questioned his big contract extension.

In the upcoming issue of Cincinnati Magazine, Phillips is quoted as saying he is “still scarred” that the front office gave Votto a 10-year, $225 million extension in 2012.

At the time, Phillips was in his option year trying to get a multiyear extension. He said general manager Walt Jocketty and owner Bob Castellini suggested the team couldn’t afford him.

Phillips wound up agreeing to a five-year extension worth $72.5 million a few days later.

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“Do I feel like they lied to me?” Phillips said. “If someone tells me they don’t have no money and you find $200 million somewhere, what does that sound like? You tell me.”

Votto said he was OK with Phillips’ comments.

“Brandon is always totally honest,” Votto said.


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