Rob Neyer: "Any writer who says he'd be a better manager than the worst manager is either 1) lying (i.e. 'using poetic license') or 2) patently delusional. Which isn't to say managers don't do stupid things that you or I wouldn't."
From the little I've seen Votto play LF, he hasn't made a fool out of himself which puts him ahead of Dunn. That's not saying much though. Ideally he comes up and plays 1B. However, I call him whenever Hatteberg or Dunn is traded. The most important thing is to get him his ABs. In the long run, he is a first baseman.
I'd put him at first base because I hear that he makes some pretty good plays there. I don't remember where I saw this, but supposedly some managers think he is a VERY GOOD first baseman while others thing he's below average. I think it might be because he's athletic enough to play first, but maybe not refined enough. IDK.
Given some time, I would bet he could be passable in left, but right now he is quite lost at times out there.
You play him at 1st, moving him to keep a couple of 37+ year olds in the job would be short sighted and foolish
If they spend all the money for the right combination of arms it could work I suppose.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Hatteberg WILL be traded and Votto will start at first. If we don't trade Hatteberg I say lets orgainze a riot around GAB...I say this because he could bring in a very good SS prospect that we need desperately.
I believe one of the first base reserves will be traded-I just don't know which one. Hatteberg would give us more trade value though.
Here's my thought. Hatte and one of our Hot Minor League pitchers, say Cueto or Watson to the Braves for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Votto comes up to play 1st for good. Next year's mid-season trade is Dunn for pitching and/or a SS prospect with old man Griffey moving (again!?!) to left and young Jay Bruce Wayne (he's Batman not Superman) comes up to play Right Field forever. So by the end of next season our Batting order is something like this:
CF Josh 'Roy Hobbs' Hamilton
2B Brandon Phillips
LF Ken Griffey, Jr.
RF Jay Bruce
C Jarrod 'Salty' Saltalamacchia
1B Joey Votto
3B Edwin Encarnacion
SS Alex Gonzalez
I know, I'm dreaming...but it's a good dream.
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra