Re: Nice article on Votto's future with the Reds
If he will take a deal that just skirts the 20 million mark and is 6-7 years in length I'd be willing to bet a deal gets done. If he has to have more than that I don't think he stays. Its just my gut feeling but I'll bet 20-21 or 22 million (a bit higher than 20 if its a shorter term than 5/6 years, a bit less or right at the mark if its longer) is about the ceiling for the Reds. I'll be shocked if they go beyond that, and worried, too, if they can produce enough of a team around a salary any larger than that for one player, unless, of course, some revenue source is enlarged that the Reds don't have right now. I think the Reds can compete near the top level of deals but no way can they if Joey insists on a deal at or near the very pinnacle money-wise. Every player though does have a point where it is enough money-wise, where the contract becomes more about security, conditions, familiarity, competitiveness etc. I can't really criticize Votto if he goes for the max money because he is "the man" for an extended family since his father died. OTOH, I sure hope the Reds can get in his ballpark with an offer and win enough to make him want to stay.