Originally Posted by HokieRed
Seems to me Walt's just being honest. Uncertainty over Votto makes trading Alonso a more difficult, complex matter over which one would be uncertain. Keeping Alonso enables Walt to entertain transactions involving Votto, not this year necessarily but perhaps next and certainly for the following year. IMHO, there's no way Votto signs for less than 100 for 6; in fact, I don't see the slightest reason he'd sign anything that would prevent him from hitting the free agent market as soon as possible. If Alonso's good enough--which we don't quite know yet, I'd contend--the right trade of Votto, at the right time, might bring both the players and free the cash needed to extend the so-called "window" a good bit longer. I should add I reject the idea the "window" depends primarily on Votto, good as he is. It mostly depends on the depth of our starting pitching; that's what won the division last year.
I don't know that anyone is contending that the window depends primarily on Votto. However since you bring it up it probably does take up a good part of the equation. But Arroyo has 3 more years, Rolen was extended for another 2 and alot of these youngsters will be making big money in 2-3 years including Votto. I think that is what creates the window.
As far as dealing Votto, they better never. At least not in the next 6-7 years anyway. If they do they might as well just fold this thing up, sick of seeing it. If I were a Padre fan right now I'd be livid and seriously consider moving on.