Re: First AFL Box score
If they don't trust Votto, they're idiots. He came back and played at a HOF level. He was, after his episode, better than all but three National League players. And they relied on him pretty heavily for the rest of the season, too. Very few days off, in the middle of the order.
More importantly than his episode, however, is what happened with his bat. He became the best youn player in the National League at his position. He's just under Pujols in terms of production.
Sure, there are ways dealing him MAY help the Reds, but the other team would have to overpay in the extreme. And Alonso would have to become Votto (or nearly so).
Too much to hope for.
Secondly, I truly don't believe that, one, the team would have that discussion with a scout, and two, that scout would then tell you. So, unless you're getting your information from Jocketty himself, I'm guessing the guy who said something to you either lied, was seeing how far the rumor might go, or full of crap.
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