Originally Posted by RedsManRick
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.
I'm right there with you on this. I don't begrudge the guy one bit if he is pursing that huge mega deal. He says he'd like to stay in Cincinnati (most ballplayers say that in like situations). But he has to understand that he's not only pricing himself out of town, but making it very difficult for the team to retain (or acquire) those quality players - it's more then just one guy - that comprises a winning team.
I've been very impressed with the direction of this organization over the last several years in improving their scouting, farm system, and player development. And one of the reasons organizations do that is to better prepare themselves for that inevitable day when players, like a Votto, price themselves out of the organization.
Yes it will hurt; but IMO it's not the end of the world, if Votto moves elsewhere. We shall overcome.