Jocketty: Not dealing Votto
There has been growing speculation that the Reds should or would entertain trade offers for All-Star first baseman and 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty emphaticaly denied he would listen to offers. The Reds have no plans to trade Votto or entertain an offer to move him.
“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.”
Votto signed a three-year, $38 million contract last winter that had him earning $5.5 million in 2011 and to earn $9.5 million in 2012 and $17 million in 2013 before he could become a free agent.
Although Cincinnati had a payroll of around $80 million this season and only expect to make a modest jump next season, Jocketty said the team had budgeted for the salary increase when the deal was done.