With the Brandon Phillips trade all but dead, the Reds are, at the moment, left with one less asset to deal for pieces to add to the next contending puzzle. Aroldis Chapman, once all but traded to the Dodgers, still lingers in MLB's domestic incident policy investigation, and almost certainly will not be traded until that issue is resolved. Arguably the most valuable of all the assets available for purchase from the Reds, Todd Frazier, has already been moved. Other than a few dabbles left to do in free agency and/or a minor deal to made here and there (or a sudden jump in the market for Jay Bruce), the Reds off season shuffling may indeed be coming to an end.
Unless the Reds wanted to get serious about fielding interest for Joey Votto.
It was a topic that our friends at Beyond the Box Score floated yesterday, that can be summed up like this: Of course the Reds should be fielding serious interest for Joey Votto.
But what BtBS doesn't get into is what a trade for Joey Votto could realistically look like.
First, of course, is the issue of that pesky no trade clause included into Votto's gargantuan contract. As the Reds have found out recently, negotiating around those things can be particularly tricky. And Votto has explicitly said that he had no plans of waiving said clause, if you take much stock into what players say hypothetically about such things.
But, even beyond that, is there any way that a Joey Votto trade could make sense for both sides? As BtBS sets out:
Considering the team would be getting one of the best pure hitters of this generation, three top prospects would have to be a starting point for discussions for the Reds. A deep-pocketed team needing a first baseman looking to win now with a deep farm system could be a good trade partner.
So we're already limited to only a handful of suitors, all of which must check off these boxes:
- Lots of cash. Lots of it.
- Needs a 1B (Or, presumably is an AL team who has a 1B that can slide into the DH to make room for Votto)
- Wants to win now.
- Has a deep farm system.