Originally Posted by swaisuc
The problem is that both teams are in "win now" mode. This means that neither Votto or Bautista is getting dealt for prospects.
I don't see any way they get moved unless its for each other. If that deal happens, it seems like somewhat of a lateral move to me for both sides.
We may revisit at trade deadline of 2013 though.
It may be a lateral move in terms of offensive numbers for the first couple of years of a Votto/Bautista deal, but it makes sense for both sides.
Jays get a younger player that probably has a better chance of continuing MVP caliber play in the short-term and the long-term (giving the fact that Bautista's awesomeness came out of nowhere and could just as easily vanish). Plus Votto will be a fan favorite that probably will give the Jays a home-town discount in his new contract.
Reds get a team-friendly contract for an MVP caliber player. Plus he solves the Alonso problem and the LF problem once and for all.