Re: Should the Reds sign Votto long term?
A contract similar to the one given to Phillips would be smart. Basically pay him a bit less each year over the next 5 years than he would have gotten normally, through arbitration and free agency. He gets financial security, and the Reds get stability and save a few million over those five years. The only risk on the Reds side is injury.
I would wait till after this off-season, as it looks like salaries will drop even lower, once the dust as settled. There is a decent chance that by the time the contract is up, salaries will rise again, and he will really be a bargain.
Just for the record. Dunn's extensions were always fine. Arroyo and Harang's would have been fine had the market not dropped and the going rate for a quality starting pitcher had not basically dropped in half. And even Griffey's would have been fine, had he been healthy.
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