Originally Posted by MrRedLegger
Consider Votto's monster contract in terms of output per dollar. Although I agree wholeheartedly that it was worth it to sign him for this much, I see how it might seem not worth it to trade for that sort of contract. Signing him costs money, but trading for him costs would most likely cost money and prospects - creating a smaller return than say trading for a not as good 1st baseman for a much much less expensive price.
I understand the thinking, but I disagree with the conclusion. Look at that list. Put Votto on the market and some of those other guys on the market, and who fetches the greater return? You can't convince me that everyone on that list has higher trade value than Votto. No way. And that's exactly what they're saying. It's just a typical list that drastically overvalues potential, undervalues production and underestimates the willingness of teams to pay for legitimate, top-shelf talent.