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RedLegSuperStar
08-19-2011, 01:59 PM
It is safe to say that the fan base is about 50-50 on this notion and with that said he is due to make around 9+ Million next year w/ 17 Million in 2013. With the Yonder Alonso talk w/ 1st being the only option for him (Yet 4 starts in LF at the Major League level doesn't sway me..). Many have suggested the Reds deal their MVP; All-Star 1st Baseman. So I ask.. What could Joey net the Reds?

klw
08-19-2011, 02:10 PM
The easiest way to determine the value is to compare this trade with the Adrian Gonzalez trade last offseason. I would think as Votto would have greater value as he has two more years under contract this offseason while Gonzalez had one more year under contract. Votto is also younger IIRC.

Boston gave up the Nos. 1, 3 and 6 prospects on the BA Red Sox prospect list in righthander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes.
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5890951

The Red Sox will ship minor leaguers -- outfielder Reymond Fuentes, right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and first baseman Anthony Rizzo -- and a player to be named later to San Diego in exchange for Gonzalez.
The player to be named later was Eric Patterson. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101216&content_id=16332932

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/ask-ba/2010/2611045.html

Kelly was the Red Sox' best prospect, while Rizzo was the top offensive player and Fuentes was the best athlete in the Boston system. They'll all earn the same superlatives with their new organization. Matt Eddy is still fine-tuning our Padres list, but I suspect Kelly will rank No. 1, Rizzo will check in at No. 3 behind him and righthander Simon Castro, and Fuentes could make a push for No. 4 but probably will settle a little bit lower. It's possible that all three will fall in the exact same positions that they did on our Red Sox list.

As for the Top 100, Kelly is a lock and should fit in the 20-40 range. Rizzo probably will make it somewhere toward the bottom, but it's too early for Fuentes.


Another analogous trade would be Teixeira to the Braves from Texas.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=4040418

Though he didn't stay with the Braves a full year, Texas will open the 2009 season on Monday with three players from the deal who will be starters: catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop Elvis Andrus and left-hander Matt Harrison.

And that's not all the Rangers got for a player who obviously didn't want to stay in Texas and is with his third team since leaving.

Hard-throwing 20-year-old starter Neftali Feliz could be close to his major league debut and Beau Jones is a left-handed reliever in the minors. None of quintet is older than 23.

Votto was ranked by Fangraphs recently as the 7th most valuable asset in baseball. Jiminez was 25th, Jay Bruce 22nd.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2011-trade-value-10-1/

#7 – Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati: +18.5

There’s no question that Votto is a premier player in baseball, and if the Reds could have gotten him locked up sooner, he’d be several spots higher on this list. But with just two years and $27 million left on his deal after 2011, it’s tough to put him any higher than this. Breakouts like Votto are exactly why teams are becoming so aggressive in trying to get their young stars locked up early, because the Reds are now facing the reality that they might lose him in a few years. His next contract is going to be nutty, and it might not come from the Reds.

In the 2010 ranking Fangraphs did not rank Gonzalez saying this:
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2010-trade-value-introduction/

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego – There’s nothing wrong with Gonzalez’s skillset, but he’s a case where contracts come into play. He’s a bargain for 2011 at just $4.5 million in salary, but then he’s a free agent and he’s looking for a huge, huge paycheck. The Padres could get a lot for one year of Gonzalez, but I don’t think any of the teams who have guys on this list would swap them for the time that is left on his contract. They ranked Votto 8th last year saying this:

While people talk about what Adrian Gonzalez would command in a trade, imagine if he was just 26 years of age and had three more seasons before he became a free agent. You don’t have to wonder what that would look like – just look at Votto, who is basically the same player, just with a much better contract situation. He’s a beast of a hitter, a true middle-of-the-order slugger who can pound the baseball but doesn’t chase pitches out of the zone. Given the going rate of power hitters, Votto’s should be a huge bargain through 2013. I can’t imagine any scenario where the Reds would trade him at this point.

bucksfan2
08-19-2011, 02:57 PM
It is safe to say that the fan base is about 50-50 on this notion and with that said he is due to make around 9+ Million next year w/ 17 Million in 2013. With the Yonder Alonso talk w/ 1st being the only option for him (Yet 4 starts in LF at the Major League level doesn't sway me..). Many have suggested the Reds deal their MVP; All-Star 1st Baseman. So I ask.. What could Joey net the Reds?

I would say the RZ fan base may be 50-50 on the notion but the entire Reds fan base? I would say the entire Reds fan base would be about 80-20 don't trade Votto. Fans love their superstars, and rightfully so.

Guacarock
08-19-2011, 04:25 PM
Great analysis by KLW, most interesting read. But I suspect if we do trade Votto, the return we'll be seeking will be different than Gonzalez or Teixeira fetched.

We are under the gun to win now, so a boatload of prospects wouldn't satisfy that need. Also, our farm system is relatively flush right now. It's at the ML level where we have a few gaps.

What might we want in lieu of prospects? The missing pieces to give us a leg-up to compete in 2012, 2013 and, hopefully, beyond. We have debated many times about those missing pieces and all know what they are -- LF, SS, and a TOR starting pitcher.

So, let's say the Toronto Blue Jays struck up a conversation with Jocketty this winter or next winter about taking Joey off our hands. That's a reasonable potential destination for our MVP, seeing as how it's his hometown and he could immediately energize not only the team but their fan base.

If I'm Jocketty, I would only entertain the trade discussions if the potential return clearly filled our most pressing needs. Here are three possible scenarios:

1. Straight-up deal -- our superstar for yours, Votto for OF-3B Bautista.
2. Two-fer deal -- We get two top-notch ML talents for Votto. Maybe neither equals him individually but together they bring us exceptional value in areas where we are clearly lacking. Players on the Blue Jays that might fit those descriptions: SS Escobar, SP Romero, SP Morrow, OF Lind.
3. Finally, I could see a potential for a hybrid, three-fer deal -- namely, one of the above players along with a couple of complementary Blue Jays prospects. Say Escobar was the linchpin, then the prospects might consist of an OF (Gose) and a SP. But if Romero was the linchpin, maybe he's flanked by an OF (Gose) and a SS (Hechavarria).

I figure the casual fans would only get jazzed about option no. 1, and would cry foul if we accepted any return less than Bautista. But I actually prefer the other two alternatives -- they give us more bang for the buck, a more balanced team, and in the case of option no. 3, a big helping of cake while letting us eat it, too.

lollipopcurve
08-19-2011, 04:44 PM
So, let's say the Toronto Blue Jays struck up a conversation with Jocketty this winter or next winter about taking Joey off our hands. That's a reasonable potential destination for our MVP, seeing as how it's his hometown and he could immediately energize not only the team but their fan base.

If I'm Jocketty, I would only entertain the trade discussions if the potential return clearly filled our most pressing needs. Here are three possible scenarios:

1. Straight-up deal -- our superstar for yours, Votto for OF-3B Bautista.
2. Two-fer deal -- We get two top-notch ML talents for Votto. Maybe neither equals him individually but together they bring us exceptional value in areas where we are clearly lacking. Players on the Blue Jays that might fit those descriptions: SS Escobar, SP Romero, SP Morrow, OF Lind.
3. Finally, I could see a potential for a hybrid, three-fer deal -- namely, one of the above players along with a couple of complementary Blue Jays prospects. Say Escobar was the linchpin, then the prospects might consist of an OF (Gose) and a SP. But if Romero was the linchpin, maybe he's flanked by an OF (Gose) and a SS (Hechavarria).

I figure the casual fans would only get jazzed about option no. 1, and would cry foul if we accepted any return less than Bautista. But I actually prefer the other two alternatives -- they give us more bang for the buck, a more balanced team, and in the case of option no. 3, a big helping of cake while letting us eat it, too.

Outstanding post.

Personally, I like the Bautista option best. But the other two are reasonable.

There's no doubt Toronto would LOVE to have Votto. Their GM is a transaction machine, and it's likely he ingratiates himself to ownership if he brings home the favorite son. A lot for Jocketty to tie into there, I think.

Dan
08-19-2011, 05:24 PM
The trade I've been pushing since before the deadline is votto for Lind plus another player. Im intrigued by the idea of bringing rasmus to cinci too.

signalhome
08-19-2011, 05:59 PM
The trade I've been pushing since before the deadline is votto for Lind plus another player. Im intrigued by the idea of bringing rasmus to cinci too.

I'll pass on Lind.



Year G PA H HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ Fld Bsr WAR
2006 18 65 22 2 8 8 0 7.7 % 18.5 % .233 .435 .367 .415 .600 .432 162 -0.1 -1.5 0.4
2007 89 311 69 11 34 46 1 5.1 % 20.9 % .162 .269 .238 .278 .400 .291 72 6.3 0.9 0.4
2008 88 349 92 9 48 40 2 4.6 % 16.9 % .156 .317 .282 .316 .439 .325 96 -6.1 0.9 0.1
2009 151 654 179 35 93 114 1 8.9 % 16.8 % .257 .323 .305 .370 .562 .394 140 -9.8 1.9 3.7
2010 150 613 135 23 57 72 0 6.2 % 23.5 % .188 .277 .237 .287 .425 .309 89 -2.8 -4.3 -0.7
2011 98 427 104 22 49 72 1 6.1 % 18.0 % .199 .273 .265 .309 .464 .331 108 -1.7 -0.4 1.0

Total 594 2419 601 102 289 352 5 6.6 % 19.3 % .201 .298 .270 .320 .472 .339 107 -14.2 -2.4 4.9

Aside from 2009, Lind has been pretty bad. A 107 wRC+ for a 1B just isn't going to cut it (especially for someone that can't field), even in this weakened offensive environment.

MikeS21
08-19-2011, 06:34 PM
Trade Votto to the Nationals for Strasburg, Harper, and Espinosa. ;)

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-19-2011, 07:41 PM
The trade I've been pushing since before the deadline is votto for Lind plus another player. Im intrigued by the idea of bringing rasmus to cinci too.

I really hope that the fan base wouldn't settle for something like this. Walt Jocketty cannot sell the best player this franchise has had since Barry Larkin for the likes of Adam Lind and riff raff. And while Rasmus is intriguing, he absolutely cannot in any way shape or form be the main piece we get back for the National League MVP.

I'd initiate talks with the Dodgers for Matt Kemp. I think Votto for Kemp would be reasonable.

I(heart)Freel
08-19-2011, 07:46 PM
Here's what I would prefer be the Votto Plan for the next 14-18 months:

Use trade assets to get a thumper for left field to protect Joey in the lineup for 2012. Could even be a one-year guy. Truly go all-in for the Central next year. Hope that you make a splash and win some games, make the post-season and sell lots of seats. Then go back to Joey *next* off-season and talk contract extension. One hopes the good buzz and fun season could get him to bite. Something fair, but not franchise-restrictive. Deferred money etc. If he doesn't go for it, explore a Votto trade that off-season. Can use the money earmarked for him to sign the thumper to a deal, and get other pieces back for Votto.

Note: If the plan bombs next season and 2012 is lost too, then entertain trades at mid-season for both the one-year thumper and Joey.

Will M
08-19-2011, 07:56 PM
The easiest way to determine the value is to compare this trade with the Adrian Gonzalez trade last offseason. I would think as Votto would have greater value as he has two more years under contract this offseason while Gonzalez had one more year under contract. Votto is also younger IIRC.

Boston gave up the Nos. 1, 3 and 6 prospects on the BA Red Sox prospect list in righthander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes.
http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5890951

The player to be named later was Eric Patterson. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101216&content_id=16332932

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/ask-ba/2010/2611045.html



Another analogous trade would be Teixeira to the Braves from Texas.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=4040418


Votto was ranked by Fangraphs recently as the 7th most valuable asset in baseball. Jiminez was 25th, Jay Bruce 22nd.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2011-trade-value-10-1/


In the 2010 ranking Fangraphs did not rank Gonzalez saying this:
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/2010-trade-value-introduction/
They ranked Votto 8th last year saying this:


Great analysis by KLW, most interesting read. But I suspect if we do trade Votto, the return we'll be seeking will be different than Gonzalez or Teixeira fetched.

We are under the gun to win now, so a boatload of prospects wouldn't satisfy that need. Also, our farm system is relatively flush right now. It's at the ML level where we have a few gaps.

What might we want in lieu of prospects? The missing pieces to give us a leg-up to compete in 2012, 2013 and, hopefully, beyond. We have debated many times about those missing pieces and all know what they are -- LF, SS, and a TOR starting pitcher.

So, let's say the Toronto Blue Jays struck up a conversation with Jocketty this winter or next winter about taking Joey off our hands. That's a reasonable potential destination for our MVP, seeing as how it's his hometown and he could immediately energize not only the team but their fan base.

If I'm Jocketty, I would only entertain the trade discussions if the potential return clearly filled our most pressing needs. Here are three possible scenarios:

1. Straight-up deal -- our superstar for yours, Votto for OF-3B Bautista.
2. Two-fer deal -- We get two top-notch ML talents for Votto. Maybe neither equals him individually but together they bring us exceptional value in areas where we are clearly lacking. Players on the Blue Jays that might fit those descriptions: SS Escobar, SP Romero, SP Morrow, OF Lind.
3. Finally, I could see a potential for a hybrid, three-fer deal -- namely, one of the above players along with a couple of complementary Blue Jays prospects. Say Escobar was the linchpin, then the prospects might consist of an OF (Gose) and a SP. But if Romero was the linchpin, maybe he's flanked by an OF (Gose) and a SS (Hechavarria).

I figure the casual fans would only get jazzed about option no. 1, and would cry foul if we accepted any return less than Bautista. But I actually prefer the other two alternatives -- they give us more bang for the buck, a more balanced team, and in the case of option no. 3, a big helping of cake while letting us eat it, too.

excellent posts guys.

lets assume that the Reds move Votto this offseason & use Alonso at 1B. We would have left Mes/Hanigan, Alonso, Phillips, Cozart, Rolen, Bruce, Stubbs along with Cueto, Leake, Bailey, Arroyo, Chapman, Bray, Lecure, Ondrusek & Masset. what would be missing for the club to really compete?

1) power hitting left fielder. a really big bopper.
2) production from 3B
3) TOR starter(s)

who would be the key guys to go in deals to get these guys? Votto, Grandal, Sappelt. Bailey if the rotation was upgraded. maybe Frazier or Francisco. while this is doable it would require a lot of groundwork & creativity. it would mean at least 2 trades & one of those could easily be a 3-4 team deal (Votto for star prospects then flip prospects for other needs). to me this would be a very atypical trade for the current Reds management to make.

mth123
08-19-2011, 08:50 PM
Some ideas:

1. Toronto: Votto and Bailey for Romero and Rasmus?
2, LAD: Votto for Kemp?
3. Cleveland: Votto for Choo and Masterson?
4. Baltimore: Votto for Markakis and Guthrie?
5. Washington: Votto, Volquez and Frazier for Zimmerman and Zimmerman?

Not thrilled abut dealing Joey. I'd keep him as long as possible and try to win while he's here. To that end, I'd look at TB and dangle Alonso and Grandal for Shields plus. Maybe throw in more to get something else. If dealing Joey becomes the only way, then a deal like those above would be the only pallatable type IMO. No interest in a 1 for 3 or 4 deal. The Reds already are overloaded with role players and kids. They need more top end players not to deal one of the few on hand for an assortment of lottery tickets and stopgaps.

Mario-Rijo
08-19-2011, 10:41 PM
Some ideas:

1. Toronto: Votto and Bailey for Romero and Rasmus?
2, LAD: Votto for Kemp?
3. Cleveland: Votto for Choo and Masterson?
4. Baltimore: Votto for Markakis and Guthrie?
5. Washington: Votto, Volquez and Frazier for Zimmerman and Zimmerman?

Not thrilled abut dealing Joey. I'd keep him as long as possible and try to win while he's here. To that end, I'd look at TB and dangle Alonso and Grandal for Shields plus. Maybe throw in more to get something else. If dealing Joey becomes the only way, then a deal like those above would be the only pallatable type IMO. No interest in a 1 for 3 or 4 deal. The Reds already are overloaded with role players and kids. They need more top end players not to deal one of the few on hand for an assortment of lottery tickets and stopgaps.

1. No way!
2. Not possible, isn't Kemp a FA after this season?
3. Like Choo but he and Masterson aren't enough IMO.
4. No way!
5. This has some merit to it but I doubt Washington would have interest. Zimmerman (3B) is one of the few I would consider dealing Votto for. But even Zimmermans bat isn't quite as good. Z's defense at 3B though is sick. And he is a very similar individual to Votto character wise.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-19-2011, 11:15 PM
Some ideas:

1. Toronto: Votto and Bailey for Romero and Rasmus?
2, LAD: Votto for Kemp?
3. Cleveland: Votto for Choo and Masterson?
4. Baltimore: Votto for Markakis and Guthrie?
5. Washington: Votto, Volquez and Frazier for Zimmerman and Zimmerman?

Not thrilled abut dealing Joey. I'd keep him as long as possible and try to win while he's here. To that end, I'd look at TB and dangle Alonso and Grandal for Shields plus. Maybe throw in more to get something else. If dealing Joey becomes the only way, then a deal like those above would be the only pallatable type IMO. No interest in a 1 for 3 or 4 deal. The Reds already are overloaded with role players and kids. They need more top end players not to deal one of the few on hand for an assortment of lottery tickets and stopgaps.

1. Pass. Though Votto for Bautista is worthy of heavy consideration.
2. Yes
3. Pass
4. Pass
5. Possibly, but if we're throwing in two extra players, they should too

mth123
08-20-2011, 03:14 AM
1. Pass. Though Votto for Bautista is worthy of heavy consideration.
2. Yes
3. Pass
4. Pass
5. Possibly, but if we're throwing in two extra players, they should too

Votto for Bautista is a no brainer. Not sure the Jays would do that though. If I were the Jays GM I'd ask for Leake to be thrown in. Romero is an ace and Bailey is a guy with shoulder problems. The upgrade to the rotation would be enormous and Romero is signed through 2015. Rasmus in the OF picture with Bruce and Stubbs might be pretty good. If I was the TOR GM, I wouldn't make that trade given Votto's current contract situation and Bailey's 3 DL stints and inconsistency.

Votto for Kemp is a win now move. Kemp is a FA after 2012. I probably wouldn't do it if I was the Reds.

Votto, Volquez and Frazier for Zimmerman and Zimmerman is another deal I'd do. Zimmerman would give the Reds the best 3B in the NL who could hit in the middle of the order with Bruce and Alonso. I wouldn't deal Zimmeroman for Votto straight up if I was the Nats GM because of the positional/defensive differences. Jordan Zimmerman would be a solid number two starter. You wouldn't deal Volquez and Frazier for him? The Nats would be the team to pass on this deal.

Votto for Choo and Masterson is probably the deal I like most here. Masterson would also be a huge rotation upgrade and Choo has had a bad year, but that was injury related and he should return to the .880+ OPS guy he was in 2009 and 2010. The Reds would have control for a while. I doubt that CLE would do that though.

I'd pass on Votto for Markakis and Guthrie myself. Not nearly enough.

This just shows how hard it will be to get value for Votto unless the Reds want to take a bunch of kids and start the rebuilding all over again. Its why I'd just keep him as long as possible and deal Alonso for help.

Mario-Rijo
08-20-2011, 09:51 AM
Votto for Bautista is a no brainer. Not sure the Jays would do that though. If I were the Jays GM I'd ask for Leake to be thrown in. Romero is an ace and Bailey is a guy with shoulder problems. The upgrade to the rotation would be enormous and Romero is signed through 2015. Rasmus in the OF picture with Bruce and Stubbs might be pretty good. If I was the TOR GM, I wouldn't make that trade given Votto's current contract situation and Bailey's 3 DL stints and inconsistency.

Votto for Kemp is a win now move. Kemp is a FA after 2012. I probably wouldn't do it if I was the Reds.

Votto, Volquez and Frazier for Zimmerman and Zimmerman is another deal I'd do. Zimmerman would give the Reds the best 3B in the NL who could hit in the middle of the order with Bruce and Alonso. I wouldn't deal Zimmeroman for Votto straight up if I was the Nats GM because of the positional/defensive differences. Jordan Zimmerman would be a solid number two starter. You wouldn't deal Volquez and Frazier for him? The Nats would be the team to pass on this deal.

Votto for Choo and Masterson is probably the deal I like most here. Masterson would also be a huge rotation upgrade and Choo has had a bad year, but that was injury related and he should return to the .880+ OPS guy he was in 2009 and 2010. The Reds would have control for a while. I doubt that CLE would do that though.

I'd pass on Votto for Markakis and Guthrie myself. Not nearly enough.

This just shows how hard it will be to get value for Votto unless the Reds want to take a bunch of kids and start the rebuilding all over again. Its why I'd just keep him as long as possible and deal Alonso for help.

See I just don't see how Votto for Bautista is a no brainer and the Jays would want more. If they did I would reach thru the phone and slap them. Tell 'em to get back to me when Bautista is hitting .260 again and down to 35 jacks or so and then we can talk a reasonable deal. So far the 2nd half of the season this guy is hitting .247 and slugging .450, are the true colors now shining thru, I' would bet just about anyone this gargantuan surge is over as we know it and he's not as good as Votto. Plus he'll be 31 next season and post PED numbers for baseball says 33-34 guys go downhill fast.

alexad
08-20-2011, 11:44 AM
If Votto wants out trade him while he has SUPER VALUE. I think Alonso will be a superstar if given the chance.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-20-2011, 12:03 PM
Call up the Rockies.

Votto for Tulo?
Votto for Cargo?

RedsManRick
08-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Call up the Rockies.

Votto for Tulo?
Votto for Cargo?

Tulo > Votto. He's their Votto, only signed to that deal some people want to give Votto. Oh, and he's a GG shortstop. I would give up Votto and more for him, but I don't think he's available for anything short of a true Herschel Walker type deal.

Votto < Cargo. Cargo is a solid player, but last year is probably his high water mark driven by a BABIP spike and he's got a .250 point OPS home/road split. Nice player, but not a guy I'd want as the centerpiece in a Votto trade.

mth123
08-20-2011, 02:40 PM
Call up the Rockies.

Votto for Tulo?
Votto for Cargo?

I know Todd Helton is getting up there, but he's signed for 2 more seasons and has an OPS plus of 124 this year. Why would the Rockies create a huge hole elsewhere on the field to get a guy who is of similar value who can only play a position that is capably filled with a franchise icon? Votto will be a free agent when Helton's deal runs out. The Rockies could keep Tulo and go after him then.

mth123
08-20-2011, 02:52 PM
See I just don't see how Votto for Bautista is a no brainer and the Jays would want more. If they did I would reach thru the phone and slap them. Tell 'em to get back to me when Bautista is hitting .260 again and down to 35 jacks or so and then we can talk a reasonable deal. So far the 2nd half of the season this guy is hitting .247 and slugging .450, are the true colors now shining thru, I' would bet just about anyone this gargantuan surge is over as we know it and he's not as good as Votto. Plus he'll be 31 next season and post PED numbers for baseball says 33-34 guys go downhill fast.

If I were the Jays I'd figure that I could get a pretty productive 1B while keeping my MVP candidate to play another position as opposed to putting my MVP guy at 1B and being stuck with some league avergae Bozo in RF or at 3B.

Its going to be real hard to get value for Votto because of his position. I can't see a team dealing an MVP caliber guy at another position for a 1B. Even the home town thing will only carry so much weight.

757690
08-20-2011, 02:53 PM
I know Todd Helton is getting up there, but he's signed for 2 more seasons and has an OPS plus of 124 this year. Why would the Rockies create a huge hole elsewhere on the field to get a guy who is of similar value who can only play a position that is capably filled with a franchise icon? Votto will be a free agent when Helton's deal runs out. The Rockies could keep Tulo and go after him then.

Helton isn't just "getting up there", he's 38. I doubt the Rockies are depending on him being an above average bat for the final two years of his contract.

And I would think that any team who trades for Votto, does so with the intent of extending him.

Not sure the Rockies are a great fit for a Votto trade, but I don't think Helton figures into their reasoning.

mth123
08-20-2011, 10:39 PM
Helton isn't just "getting up there", he's 38. I doubt the Rockies are depending on him being an above average bat for the final two years of his contract.

And I would think that any team who trades for Votto, does so with the intent of extending him.

Not sure the Rockies are a great fit for a Votto trade, but I don't think Helton figures into their reasoning.

Doesn't make sense to me that they would deal Cargo or Tulo for Votto. Wouldn't they be better off with Tulo at SS, Cargo in LF and Helton at 1B than with Votto at 1B and one of the SS or LF spots a huge hole and Helton on the bench? Dealing one of those guys for Votto makes absolutely no sense at all IMO and any less than those guys and I'm not really interested in a deal with Colorado for Votto. I think its a poor match.

Big Klu
08-21-2011, 07:44 PM
Doesn't make sense to me that they would deal Cargo or Tulo for Votto. Wouldn't they be better off with Tulo at SS, Cargo in LF and Helton at 1B than with Votto at 1B and one of the SS or LF spots a huge hole and Helton on the bench? Dealing one of those guys for Votto makes absolutely no sense at all IMO and any less than those guys and I'm not really interested in a deal with Colorado for Votto. I think its a poor match.

If Votto were a team player, he would volunteer to move to that hole (SS or LF), and allow Helton to continue to play 1B. Or maybe Helton is a better team player than Votto, and he will move to SS or LF.