Originally Posted by AmarilloRed
I think the offseason moves done this year were a result of a understanding between Walt and Joey. Bring winning baseball to Cincinnati, and Joey will consider a extension here. I don't know that the Reds will be able to re-sign Votto, but I think the chances are a lot better than when the offseason started.
As I have said in numerous threads, Votto has not gone about this extension deal like "normal" players. Look at Brandon Phillips. He has talked about wanting to stay. He has made positive overtones that he wants to stay. He is out mingling with the fans. He "tweets" that he wants to stay. You get the feeling he really wants to be here.
I don't see any of that with Votto. It's like he avoids situations because he knows the subject of extension will come up. All he would need to say in order to diffuse some of the talk is something like: "The Reds want me here long-term. I want to be here long-term. I'm sure something will get done." (And say it with some sort of conviction). It makes no difference then if negotiations fall apart down the road. At least Votto "acts" like he wants to be here. To me, it seems as if Votto is intentionally trying NOT to give any false hopes about his staying.
It looks as if Votto has already made up his mind to leave. He just doesn't want to say anything.