Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
That the Reds may have some concern about Votto's depression or inner ear issues is natural. But the depression has not been an issue he's had to deal with outside of 2009, and he finished very strong. To make the leap that they are planning to trade him is a stretch, and likely amounts to some guy just talking. There is no ready replacement for Votto, he performed at an elite level, and he is an unquestioned fan favorite (meaning a trade further alienates the fan base, something they no doubt would be aware of). It really makes zero sense at this time. There's no reason to believe the guy who spoke about it had any truly privileged information. (It's also highly unlikely Jocketty and his inside circle had finalized any decisions, privately or semi-so, about who they would look to peddle this offseason.)
Just some guy talking...
Well the rumor included the statement 'when Alonso is ready', so the fact that he isn't now doesn't change anything about what the scout said.