Originally Posted by jojo
It's one thing to pay a player market value. It's another thing to pay for the right to pay a player market value.
In a vacuum you are right. But let me bring up three things.
1) With deals like the Swisher deal going down, at some point I'd wager the Votto contract will be more team friendly vis a vis market value. A forward thinking GM who needed a 1B would consider that.
2) I wouldn't give up much for a market value player. But there are probably some GMs who would, especially for debatably the best bat in the league.
3) Reverse your point you made. Since Votto is on the books for market value, should the Reds look to deal him for a player with a below market deal?