Originally Posted by kaldaniels
For starters Doc you are omitting the fact that Votto's salary drops in his 7th year due to the workings of the long term deal. Same with the option years you referenced. Votto is easily a 20 MM player post arbitration.
I'm hoping that was just an oversight on your end and you didn't try to sneak that in unnoticed.
Oh I didn't miss that at all and even if you give the upside another 2,3 or $4million, the downside risk is still far larger. There is no perfectly comparable contract and that is why we have discussions here. However, the bigger point here is they could have made the same contract in 2-3 years from now, eliminated some downside risk and still had him for the same price and for the same amount of years.