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So much for that: GM says Reds aren’t trading Joey Votto

Oct 10, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT


Yonder Alonso‘s strong showing offensively and poor showing defensively led to some speculation that the Reds might clear a spot for him in the lineup by trading reigning MVP Joey Votto, but general manager Walt Jocketty put an end to those rumors today.

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

And he’s right.

Alonso projects as a very good hitter and valuable all-around player, but Votto is one of the half-dozen best hitters in baseball, just turned 28 years old, and is signed through 2013. If the Reds don’t think Votto and Alonso can co-exist in the same lineup defensively then they should be looking to trade Alonso.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    The original story came from Buster Olney so it was always suspect. However. I am sure that the Jays will still try to pry Votto from the reds.

    • APBA Guy - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      I hope you’re right. Joey looks uninspired in that picture, doesn’t he? I think a trade to a team that’s up and coming like the Jays will be better for everyone involved. Good luck with that!

  2. jayswin93 - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Joey Votto to Toronto ASAP. Canada needs Votto with the Jays and Nash with the Raptors NOW. The 500 Jays could become a playoff contender as their pitchers mature.

  3. metalhead65 - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    ok now that he has made that descion the next one he needs to make is tell dusty that Alonso plays left field everyday until he proves he can’t do the job. the kid misplays one fly ball at rigley and he can’t play defense and is not athletic? he was athletic enough to play 3rd base until he went to miami and then made the switch to first. his defense did not seem to bother him in the 30 games he played in the minors in left. but bring him up and in true dusty fashon he plays 1 game a week instead learning on the job when the reds are out of it. no he must play his guys like fred lewis who were part of the reason the reds were so far out of the race. again with baker as manager the last thing the reds need are more prospects for him not to play! if they trade anybody it should be heisey so he can play for a team and a manager who will give him a real shot at playing.only dusty would platoon a young guy who shows talent with a fred lewis instead of playing him everyday after they finaly gave up on the .120 hitting him hit multiple homers in a game and then sit for a week. but whatever walt does please for the love of god no more washed up ex cardinals like edmonds and renteria!

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Sounds like you are saying that if he was given time to play third base in spring training that he could replace Rolen.

    • brucewaynewins - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:11 AM

      They’ve already told Alonso he needs to lose weight and speed up in the off season. He said himself he already hired a chef (this was about two weeks ago). I would assume that’s for left field and not the 3B experiment and not for 1B. You can find verification he was told this by Dusty from Alonso and Dusty themselves if you go their website or John Fay’s blog.

  4. saturn1111 - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Votto has future Yankee, red sock, or Phil, written all over him.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      Wrong! Votto is from Toronto and grew up cheering for the Jays.

    • brucewaynewins - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      I doubt Votto would like the attention that comes from being in NY. I could see him maybe putting up with it in Boston because he is a huge Ted Williams fan and read his book and used it for helping him with his hitting.

  5. trigzter - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Reds should just keep votto and trade alonso to the phils for dom brown + whoever.

  6. adenzeno - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Yonder for Cliff Lee!!

  7. paperlions - Oct 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Alonso really is a horrible fielder. The best option for the Reds is to move Votto to 3B or the OF (where he would be far better than Alonso) and play Alonso at first (where he should be similar to Votto). If Votto was a team guy, he would volunteer to move or at least say “sure” if asked…..but he indicated late last season, when asked about the possibility by a reporter, that his response to a request to change position would be met with a Michael Young impression

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