I'm not convinced one way or the other on this, but if the Reds really wanted to, I think they could afford Votto at a price of $20MM per year.After seeing the breakdown on the Joey Votto deal, I can see why the Reds didnít press for a four- or five-year deal.
Players in arbitration:
How much would those guys earn in arbitration? $34MM or so?
In 2014, the only players amongst those who I could see getting a significant raise are Stubbs, Bailey, Chapman, Leake, and Wood.
That would leave you with about $20MM to spend on 12 players. That's probably enough money to afford Volquez, Cueto, and a bunch of cheap, in-house options. Here's where most of the savings would come:
Ramon Hernandez -> Devin Mesoraco
Brandon Phillips -> Billy Hamilton
Scott Rolen -> Todd Frazier
Edgar Renteria -> Zack Cozart
Miguel Cairo -> Chris Valaika
Jonny Gomes -> Chris Heisey
Fred Lewis -> Ryan LaMarre
Bronson Arroyo -> Mike Leake
Francisco Cordero -> Brad Boxberger
Nick Masset -> Donnie Joseph
Jared Burton -> Jordan Smith
So what do you think? Can the Reds keep Votto in Cincy for 2014 and beyond?