Re: Reds chance of keeping Votto just took a hit..
Originally Posted by nmculbreth
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.
But trading him for one of those ten players does not solve the budget problem, they probably make as much or more than he does. I think the haul for Votto plus what Alonso would do at first would be benefical to the team.
I was in the ORG once, best 6 months of my life.