Originally Posted by kaldaniels
Votto is the better hitter and I'd even argue his glove is undervalued. But the WAR is simply compensating for the fact that it is easier to replace a 1B than a 3B. I'd rather have Votto than Longoria on the Reds the next few years. But long term, given age,contract,and defensive position...I can see Longoria being the better value for a team...which I gotta think is what it is all about.
Value is relative though. I like to take into account things other than on the field, including marketing. I think Votto is more marketable than Longo and a club might get more bang for their buck long term with Votto. Sorry, the economist in me comes out in these kind of discussions.
Also, as I said before, I think WAR vastly underrates the value of an elite defensive 1B. I certainly believe they have at least more starting value than a corner outfielder, which currently WAR doesn't believe.