Joey is obviously my favorite player. Love the guy. I feel he will always work on his game to be one of the best unlike some superstars who take their talent for granted. He is not one of those type of guys.
But Pujols walked in free agency and other than some draft compensation, the Cardinals got nothing for him. Sure, they got years of success because of him. But they got nothing in return for him otherwise. Unless their draft picks turn into something special, again, they got nothing but years of success which they can be thankful for.
If the Reds won 2 or 3 championships and then Joey walked in free agency, it would be easier to handle.
Sooooo............you try and sign Joey to a LTC, but at what point do you cut your losses, and trade him for some return, knowing he won't sign with the Reds?
And then the problem is that he's only 2 years away and after next season, one season away........and could you get anything for him at that point anyway?