Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Far more optimistic about this than I was. Will still be a big-time financial stretch, as JV won't give the team much of a discount.
If they manage to extend him, Votto could conceivably rank first in Reds history in a few offensive categories. Would love to see it happen.
Me too. This is the first time I've seen Joey actually come out and say he wants to be here and I hope he is. I still think it will be hard to keep him because of the pressure his contract will put on the salary structure. The Reds really need to put some serious effort into shoring up the farm system and acquiring top young talent.
If he does stay, it is going to be very expensive to have Votto, Bruce, Latos, Cueto and possibly Chapman. They'll need a lot of top young talent around them to compete (either that or grow the payroll swell-North of $100M in the next three or four years).