Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I'm not sure I understand Walt's logic, unless 1 of 2 things is going on:
1) There's some thought about trading Votto sooner rather than later.
2) He's strengthening his bargaining position by suggesting that the Reds value Alonso more highly than others may think.
Walt's in a fascinating game here where Alonso is his best chip against Votto (if they don't work out a deal with Votto, they can go year-to-year and then ship him someplace next year and install Alonso at first), but Votto is also the best chip Walt has against other team's for Alonso (as long as a deal ISN'T in place, Alonso still has perceived value to the club).
Once Votto signs, Alonso's value tanks -- but once Alonso is dealt, Votto's asking price probably increases.