Does Fielder deal affect Votto?
Lots of reports, led by Yahoo’s Tim Brown and CBS Sports.com/MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, have Prince Fielder going to the Tigers on a nine-year $214 million contract.
(Cue shot of Krusty the Clown doing the backstroke in a pool of money and lighting cigars with dollars on The Simpsons)
What does this mean for Joey Votto after the 2013 season when he can hit the market? Nothing new, really. Votto will get paid handsomely if he becomes a free agent. It also doesn’t make it any harder, or easier, on the Reds than before. It already was a tough task to begin with to retain Votto whether Fielder did this deal or not — hence the urgency seemingly being placed on 2012 success in Cincinnati.
While he may have signed late — and with an unexpected club — the market rose to the level that many expected for Fielder this winter.
*So Prince Fielder is not only out of the NL Central, he’s out of the NL — period. But he’s not done with the Reds quite yet. Detroit comes to Great American Ball Park June 8-10.
*In other ex-people from the NL Central news, MLB announced that former Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa will still manager the NL squad at the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City. This will mark the second time that a retired manager will lead an All-Star squad. Hall of Fame manager John McGraw retired following the 1932 season and managed the N.L. squad in the first Midsummer Classic in 1933.