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 MLB.com.
“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.”
“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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