5 former Reds' fan favorites still without a job heading toward Spring Training

Cincinnati Reds fans will never forget these familiar faces.

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2. Joey Votto

Joey Votto is another former Reds player who's still in search of a new team. This is Votto's first time being a part of free agency, as the former MVP's entire career had been spend with the organization that drafted him all the way back in 2002.

Votto's $20 million club-option was not picked up this offseason. The Reds chose instead to pay Votto's $7 million buyout and allow him to enter the free agent market. The 40-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from at least four different teams, but has yet to sign a new deal.

Votto was a fixture in Cincinnati for nearly two decades and is universally beloved by the overwhelming majority of the Reds fanbase. During his tenure, Votto went to six All-Star Games, was the NL MVP in 2010, and won a Gold Glove.

Some fans still hold out hope that Votto and Reds will come to some kind of team-friendly agreement that will allow the future Hall of Famer to receive a proper send off. That seems unlikely, however, as the Reds have a crowded infield as it is.

The best that Reds fans can hope for is that Votto joins a team that makes a visit to Great American Ball Park at some point next season. That said, it's unlikely that the Cincinnati faithful want to see Votto wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey in 2024 just to watch the former first baseman make multiple trips to GABP. Joining the San Diego Padres would be just fine, though.