Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Keep in mind that at the time nobody thought a kid named Joey Votto was going to be a future MVP. He was a good prospect but not a great prospect at the time. It took him quite a while to make it to the major leagues. He was a bit of a late bloomer and developed much further than anybody ever thought he would. His case is certainly a great example of what you are risking when you trade a prospect, but we also have to understand that very, very few prospects (even top prospects) turn out to be as good as Joey Votto.
IIRC, at the time posters were talking about trading Votto he had already played the end of the year for the Reds. So, it would have been at the start of the 2008 season.