Originally Posted by redsfanmia
Votto should be dealt this off season and he should be dealt before Albert and little Cecil signs.
While I'm not particularly crazy about the thought of dealing Votto, doing so before Pujols and Fielder sign makes no sense to me. Trying to deal Votto while Pujols and Fielder are still on the market would likely depress his value because the teams interested would have the option to acquire a reasonable replacement via free agency, whereas afterwards the Reds would hold all of the leverage because Votto would clearly be the best player on the market and the loser(s) of the Pujols / Fielder bidding wars may feel pressured to overpay to avoid getting completely shut out.
That said the Reds should be looking to add parts to win while Votto is still around and not trying to flip him for prospects.