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Joey Votto not available via trade, period

Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:13 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 7:20 pm
By Matt Snyder

Over the weekend, there was a report from a national outlet that painted a picture the Reds might be willing to listen to offers for 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto. I decided against posting on it, because it seemed a combination of speculation and the obvious. "Might" "be willing" to "listen" to offers? Well, of course any team might be willing to listen to offers about anyone. What if the Royals offered to send Eric Hosmer and five top prospects, for example? There's no reason to avoid phone calls. But putting it out there like Votto is being shopped by the Reds is a bit misleading to fans.

Just in case anyone is getting that thought, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty shot everything down, via

“We haven’t talked about it. I wish that people would stop writing it,” Jocketty said Monday. “Why would we trade one of the best players in the game? We’re trying to win.”

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“Everyone is assuming they know our business,” Jocketty said. “They don’t. Then they write this and I have to call Joey and his agent and let them know there is nothing to it. It’s not fair.”

Votto is signed through 2013 and the Reds worked their budget for the next two seasons around his salary. He's not getting traded. Just because Jocketty might actually answer the phone if someone calls and tries to get Votto doesn't mean the All-Star first baseman is available. As things stand right now, he's not.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:35 am

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:38 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:04 am

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

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Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:05 pm

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

walt, this doesnt make a lot of sense, no matter WHO knows what about how you run your business. restructuring your budget around votto for the next two years, then waving good-bye (after depreciation at age 30) doesnt smell of "trying to win". i'd sooner you pack $3m of that alleged budget restructuring into firing baker and his staff. i guarantee 10 more wins in 2012 if you do THAT. the rest of this is hot-stove talk.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:33 am

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

Well the Prince Fielder situation has worked pretty well for the Brewers so far. 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:29 am

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

If you are a mid market team like the Reds then no one is ever off the table. You can't afford to make emotional decisions. But it's hard to imagine the Reds could get enough value trading Votto now. Yeah a legitimate #1 starter would be nice but there isn't a surplus of those in the league right now. No one is going to give that up. So that leaves another position player and some prospects and that's not worth it. Two years is a long way away. No one knows what could happen.  

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:55 am

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

Yes Votto is signed through 2013, but that is when he would have become a free agent anyway. He didn't give the Reds any of his free agent years nor did he give them anything of a discount when he signed. The Reds can't let Votto hold them hostage like Prince did the Brewers. This is the time Votto needs to let the Reds know if he wants to be a Red long-term. If he won't extend beyond 2013 it is time to say good bye. I am a Reds fan (lifelong) and I like Votto, but management needs to do what is best for the team and fans. Bringing back 3 good young and cheaper players is what is best. Heck with the Reds being a small budget team that maybe best anyway. It's hard to justify paying Votto $20 plus million a year in an extension when your team budget is $80 million. I think you have to be open to trading him and continue to add to your young core of players.......

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:17 pm

Joey Votto not available via trade, period

I'm feeding into the machine because here I am writing a comment below this post, but these off-season trade rumours are usually ridiculous. There is a decent possibility that everything is true that has been reported about the Reds considering trading Joey Votto. It's also equally possible that it was made up by a bored sports writer, or based on a bad tip. The reality is, Jocketty is going to come out and say he's not being traded no matter what, so even asking him is pretty pointless. I don't see the Reds trading Votto, but if they are called with an offer that knocks their socks off, they are in a position where they can consider the move because of the presence of Alonso. Simple as that. 

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