Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red
I agree that 3 years is foolish, but 1 more season won't hurt anything. Let's give Alonso another year at AAA to continue to improve and show that he truly is legit. And give Votto another year to show what he can do in the majors. Votto won the MVP this year and, unless he wins another, I doubt his price can go much higher.
The time to make a decision on Votto/Alonso is next off-season, IMO. If they both mash, then the team should be able to trade either one to improve another area of the team.
I would hate to lose Votto, because I think he brings a work ethic and demeanor that is a good example to the rest of the team. But no matter how many tickets are sold, we will always be in a small to mid-size market, and you have to operate as such. If a trade of Votto next year can be offset with Alonso bat in the lineup in 2012 and allows the team to trade for/sign a SS, LF or ace, then I'm all for it. As much as I want to keep Votto, I want a championship more.
One more season does hurt something. The Reds need to add talent to the major league team now. Holding Alonso while Rolen continues to decline, Phillips contract comes to an end and the team continues to have holes in LF and at SS is a waste. The time to go for it is now while 2B and 3B are still solid positions and that means dealing some prospects with some value at positions of strength to add missing pieces.
Hanging onto Alonso is like punting 2011 IMO.