Re: Nice article on Votto's future with the Reds
I think I'm one of the crazy people who would probably trade Votto after this year of mid 2013 if a sufficiently attractive package (Teixeira-like) was available. I love the guy, but I don't want 25% of our payroll tied up in any one player who is a significant risk to underperform that contract for multiple years.
Joey is right to pursue his mega deal in to his late 30's. But I don't want the Reds to be on the hook for it. It's not that far of a fall at all to hitting .280/.360/.480 with below average defense -- and that's not something you should be paying big bucks for.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.