Originally Posted by dMaus14
Why is it a bad idea to trade a guy who we all know won't be here after 2013 because its the only way to get the best return plus give us financial ability to add what we do need?
To me the answer is incredibly simple: it's nearly impossible to get fair value for Votto.
Usually when a player of Votto's caliber is moved, the team isn't anywhere near contention and the return is a handful of prospects. While this sort of trade makes plenty of sense if your team is on it's way to 90 losses, it makes no sense for a team one year removed from a division title and squarely in their window of contention.
Let's put in another way, assuming that you were the GM how many players would you trade straight up for Joey Votto? I can count maybe ten players and if I'm not getting one of them back in the deal I'm not dealing him.