Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Votto's trade value right now is just about zero. He is a great player, but he is owed $250 million dollars! That is a huge burden for any team to take on. Votto is being paid every last bit of what he is worth, maybe more. I don't think any team is going to offer the Reds a haul of talent and take on that quarter billion dollar commitment.
Guys like Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Votto, Greinke and A-Rod have contracts that only one team was willing to pay. Those teams would not have bid that amount to sign those free agents if they also had to give up multiple good players as part of the deal.
If Votto were signed to a budget-friendly contract he would have tremendous trade value. But that contract commitment negates any and all trade value.
Not everyone can afford Votto, but I disagree with the premise he has zero trade value.