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08:10 AM ET 08.09 | Joey Votto has some experience in left field, but he's in no rush to get back there. The Reds have not approached [Votto] about the other way of getting Yonder Alonso in the lineup -- moving Votto to left field. He played six games there as a rookie. Does he think could be a good a left fielder? "I think I'm a pretty good first baseman," Votto said. "And I think one the best attributes as a team is infield defense. We have four very good -- and obviously as second and third -- great defenders." That answers that.

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August 9, 2011  08:14 AM ET

Stick Yonder in Left, it's the same thing.?!@??!??

August 9, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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Obviously a good first basemen - but I wonder about the team player aspect of his response.....

I don't think he cares a bit about the Reds.

That was apparent with the "extension" he and the team inked earlier this year. He wouldn't even include one free agent year, which loosely translates to: "yeah, thanks suckers for guaranteeing me $32m for the next three years. As a thank you, once I'm eligible for free agency, I'll let you bid for my services like everyone else."

I love it when I hear Reds fans talk about how "smart" it was to extend Votto. Without the contract, he'd still have been under team control through 2013, just without guarnateed money coming his way.

August 9, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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I don't think he cares a bit about the Reds. That was apparent with the "extension" he and the team inked earlier this year. He wouldn't even include one free agent year, which loosely translates to: "yeah, thanks suckers for guaranteeing me $32m for the next three years. As a thank you, once I'm eligible for free agency, I'll let you bid for my services like everyone else."I love it when I hear Reds fans talk about how "smart" it was to extend Votto. Without the contract, he'd still have been under team control through 2013, just without guarnateed money coming his way.

Well - The one main benefit to the team is they have a fixed cost for his contract for the next 3 years. That's a better situation that arbitration every year where strange things have been known to happen.

August 9, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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Well - The one main benefit to the team is they have a fixed cost for his contract for the next 3 years. That's a better situation that arbitration every year where strange things have been known to happen.

I'm aware of that.

You really think he'd get significantly more than $38m ($6m signing bonus) for three years? I don't.

Then factor in the risk of injury/poor performance and I wouldn't buy out arbitration years unless it came with at least one free agency year.

August 9, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Votto is a stud at 1st base. It will up to Alonso to learn either left field or 3rd base in the off-season.

August 9, 2011  09:55 AM ET

**will BE**

August 9, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think he cares a bit about the Reds. That was apparent with the "extension" he and the team inked earlier this year. He wouldn't even include one free agent year, which loosely translates to: "yeah, thanks suckers for guaranteeing me $32m for the next three years. As a thank you, once I'm eligible for free agency, I'll let you bid for my services like everyone else."I love it when I hear Reds fans talk about how "smart" it was to extend Votto. Without the contract, he'd still have been under team control through 2013, just without guarnateed money coming his way.

I agree 100%. That extension made no sense to me.

But come 2014, Votto will be a Blue Jay. He is coming home to Toronto!

August 9, 2011  10:00 AM ET

What is so good about this Alonso kid? His AAA numbers don't jump off the page.

August 9, 2011  10:01 AM ET

There was talk around the deadline the Reds were trying to trade Votto and a top prospect for Bautista. The Jays weren't listening...

August 9, 2011  10:39 AM ET
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I don't think he cares a bit about the Reds. That was apparent with the "extension" he and the team inked earlier this year. He wouldn't even include one free agent year, which loosely translates to: "yeah, thanks suckers for guaranteeing me $32m for the next three years. As a thank you, once I'm eligible for free agency, I'll let you bid for my services like everyone else."I love it when I hear Reds fans talk about how "smart" it was to extend Votto. Without the contract, he'd still have been under team control through 2013, just without guarnateed money coming his way.

typical cards fan BS

August 9, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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typical cards fan BS

I'm an Indians fan. Further, it's not BS.

August 9, 2011  10:49 AM ET
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typical cards fan BS

Tell me, how many free agent years did Votto give up in that "extension?"

August 9, 2011  11:05 AM ET

You'd have to have a HELLUVA first base prospect -- a "can't miss" prospect who darn well DOESN'T miss -- to move an All-Star first baseman into the outfield. No reason for it.

August 9, 2011  11:17 AM ET
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You'd have to have a HELLUVA first base prospect -- a "can't miss" prospect who darn well DOESN'T miss -- to move an All-Star first baseman into the outfield. No reason for it.

Agreed, but from what I've read, of the two, it's more likely that Votto would have the skills for a move to LF. That said, you'd think they'd want to trade Alonso for a piece that would help them, but, like me, the Reds' front office is pretty aware of the fact that they've only got Votto for another two years.

August 9, 2011  03:26 PM ET

not matter who the reds bring up to the majors or what they really do about their lineup, a team with this type of attitude can't win pennants, or championships!!!

August 9, 2011  05:21 PM ET

Anyone named "Yonder" should be playing in left field.

August 9, 2011  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think he cares a bit about the Reds.

in other words he refuse to play the outfielder position!!

 
August 10, 2011  01:33 PM ET
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typical cards fan BS

Wow...you guys just can't give it up can you? You are so insanely focused on all things St. Louis Cardinals you can't even hold a conversation. Whine, moan and complain...all Cardinals...all the time. You guys are so narrow minded...during the middle of your game against the Braves you are shouting "Cardinals suck" on primetime in front of the Baseball Tonight crew. How does that make you look? Answer = Like a little brother griping about his big brother. Get over yourselves.

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