Re: Would you make this deal?
It's trading a guy who is not only the face of the franchise, but the face of Cincinnati sports, for a trendy guy. You see Bautista, and you have no idea how long he'll keep up this production. You see Votto, and you see a probable Hall of Famer.
With Votto, it's not a matter of playing value. It's a matter of him being the reigning MVP and the key to the end of the Lost Decade. Even having him for only 2.5 years will boost attendance rates immensely, and thus indirectly increase the payroll and value of the franchise. Bautista is a great player and is signed to a (currently) club-friendly contract, but he can't be what Votto is to this city.