Despite Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty saying the team is not trading Joey Votto, there are many reasons to think that he is lying. As Buster Olney wrote in his ESPN Insider blog, with top prospect Yonder Alonso ready for the bigs (.330/.398/.545 slash line, 5 HR, 15 RBI and a .943 OPS (154 OPS+) in 98 major league PA) and only able to play first base, the Reds will have to move one or the other.
Deciding between Votto and Alonso should come down to a simple question: Who’s cheaper? The Reds aren’t exactly a big-market team, so the fact that Votto will be a free agent after the 2013 season should mean Votto is out.
The Reds could choose to trade Alonso instead, but that would be sacrificing a ton of team control and still risk losing Votto in two years. That scenario makes even less sense than trading the 2010 NL MVP.
In his Insider blog, Olney says that the Reds “could get two or three really good prospects” for Votto. The Indians don’t have the deepest of farm systems, but there’s plenty that could interest the other Ohio team. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, October 12, 2011