Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I'm curious why you think that Votto is "probably a bit of a better player". Just looking at career to date, Longoria has averaged 7.0 WAR per 650 PA compared to Votto's 6.1 WAR per 650 PA and neither has long term injury concerns. Or perhaps you do think Longoria is a greater injury risk? Perhaps it's a function of the error bars on defensive production, as Jojo suggests?
When you add in the 2 year age "edge" Votto has and that he's starting further left on the defensive spectrum, it would seem that Longoria is a better bet to maintain his current level of production over an extended period of time. Obviously we end up in the same place, preferring to have Longoria over Votto, I just think it's a no-brainer.
Votto is on a different level as a hitter. I will take the hitter when the players are corner guys, even if one is at first and the other at third. Jojo is kind of with me thinking about the bars on defense.