Originally Posted by Dan
Votto has 3 years before he reaches free agency. That's a lifetime in terms of baseball contracts, etc. To hold onto Alonso now because of what might happen 3 years down the road is extremely foolish. I'm guessing, like others, that this is to drum up a market for Alonso more than anything.
Especially considering the position is 1B which should be fairly easy to fill. You hold onto Votto until the last possible moment. The only reason to hold onto Alonso is if you are considering a deal for Votto in the next year.
This franchise's draft and foreign player acquisiton needs to put a very solid emphasis on corner power bats. It is an essential area that this franchise has neglected for way too long.