I think there is a good chance he's traded this offseason. He makes $12MM in 2012 with a team option for 2013. Question is if you're Walt, do you trade for him now or wait and try to lure him home as a FA in 13 or 14?
I actually think trading for him and signing him to a team friendly extension so he can retire here is a very Walt-like move. Question is, what would you offer for him?
Would Grandal straight up be enough? Too much? Add Francisco or Frazier? I wouldn't trade Alonso for him (assuming they let Papi go)- I'd rather use Alonso as bait for a pitcher. Perhaps they'd have interest in Volquez given their rotation struggles?
Youk at 3B and moving to 1B if/once Votto leaves sounds like a move that makes sense. Let's just hope Walt doesn't overpay and Youk becomes the second coming of Buddy Bell...or Scott Rolen.