Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I think you are way off base on this one. Votto's $250 million dollar contract has nothing in common with those other players. It is another order of magnitude.
Except that Votto is a player everyone would want. If he had been a FA, the Reds would have lost him to a higher bidder if Votto choose the highest offer.
Guys like Crawford and Beckett had regressed since they signed their contracts. Yet they were still moved for value.