Originally Posted by brm7675
ESPN is reporting that the Dodgers may ink Mr. Kemp to a 8 year 160 million dollar deal or basically 20 million per year. So...if Mr. Kemp is worth that, and we haven't even seen what Prince and Albert is going to get, to me it's time to begin looking at trading Votto or lose him and get nothing, because the Reds just don't have the 22-27 million per year to afford Votto.
I don't see how this deal elevates Votto into $25MM/yr territory. I think Kemp is at least as valuable as Votto. Kemp is a career .294/.350/.496 (.846 OPS) hitter who plays a premium defensive position (CF) and is currently 27 years old coming off a huge year (.985 OPS). Votto is clearly the better hitter (career .955 OPS), but he plays 1B and will be 3 years older than Kemp is now when he hits FA. I feel that they're both probably among the top five or ten best players in the league. I envision Votto signing something like a 6 year, $120MM deal when he hits FA. The Reds still probably can't afford that though, so it's all a bit of a moot point.