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Jocketty irked by Votto trade report

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08:10 AM ET 10.11 | Reds general manager Walt Jocketty denied a weekend report that the Reds are listening to trade offers for Joey Votto. "I'm tired of talking about it," he said. "We're not shopping him. We're not entertaining offers. It's frustrating. He's one of the best players in the game. Why would we trade him? I wish people would stop writing about it." Votto's name comes up in media speculation because of his contract situation and the Reds??? limited payroll. Votto is signed through 2013. His 2013 salary is $17 million, which is steep for a club with a $80 million payroll. He will become more expensive when he reaches free agency.

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October 11, 2011  08:14 AM ET

Hilarious. He probably was the leak!!

October 11, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Hmm.....I wonder how, if Walt didn't have a hand in it one way or the other? Big %% of the payroll for a team who backslid quite a bit this season.

October 11, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Votto pretty much made his intentions clear when he didn't give up any free agency years when he signed his "extension."

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October 11, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Cincy will give him a big contract next year on less the team really has a bad year then he could become expendable since they do have his replacement in Yonder Alonso who they experimented with this year in left field but the guy had a tough time out there

October 11, 2011  10:05 AM ET

yea, his first game in LF was in windy Wrigley. Who hasnt had probs out there. He played LF all year in Lville and didnt commit any errors.

October 11, 2011  11:32 AM ET
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He wants to go home. It's pretty damn obvious.

he is at home..............its the off-season

October 11, 2011  12:39 PM ET
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Cincy will give him a big contract next year on less the team really has a bad year then he could become expendable since they do have his replacement in Yonder Alonso who they experimented with this year in left field but the guy had a tough time out there

Anyone claiming that there's a "replacement" for Joey Votto in the minors obviously hasn't been a baseball fan for very long.

October 11, 2011  02:18 PM ET
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Anyone claiming that there's a "replacement" for Joey Votto in the minors obviously hasn't been a baseball fan for very long.

Followed the Reds for 47 years and counting.......obviously you don't know who I am talking about either

October 11, 2011  02:46 PM ET

if people talks about this or about that? its because the franchise has show some weakness to their insecurity in the player contract, does this player its signed till 2013? then why in the world they are acting up? if the player remains signed till that year then live everything alone, now if the owner its trying to refuse to pay the last year 17 millions? all what this franchise have to do its to decline that option and let the player became free agency, it seems as if the reds have very weak credibility as a organization, as a franchise, and as a team!!

October 11, 2011  02:47 PM ET
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Followed the Reds for 47 years and counting.......obviously you don't know who I am talking about either

47 years? Damn. You'd think you'd have learned about prospects in that time.

I know exactly who Yander is. I also know that the attrition rates on prospects, no matter how highly touted, is HUGE.

Joey Votto has been one of the majors best hitters over the last three years. The thought that he's expendable because the Reds have a hot prospect that's a guaranteed replacement is LAUGHABLE. Alonso's OPS in AAA is .842. Votto's carried a .983 OPS over the last three years IN THE MAJORS.

There was a prospect a few years back that was more highly touted than Alonso is. He's a Red. He reached the majors in 2008 and is yet to have an offensive season any where close to what Votto's been doing. Do you know who that is? Jay Bruce.

October 11, 2011  02:52 PM ET

the owner should try to focus and fix the problems with their manager, and coaches, because there should be alot of questions regarding the ugly season from the reds in the 2011, could the owner and GM give an answer about reds failure as a team? the only wrong spot it has to be their managment, the coaches has to be replaced, the team has everything to be a conssistent competetor not only for one year but for too many years to come!!

October 14, 2011  07:57 PM ET
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Followed the Reds for 47 years and counting.......obviously you don't know who I am talking about either

I would leave Alonso in left (love his bat) and go after Fielder and send Votto to an American League team.

 
October 14, 2011  08:00 PM ET
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47 years? Damn. You'd think you'd have learned about prospects in that time.I know exactly who Yander is. I also know that the attrition rates on prospects, no matter how highly touted, is HUGE.Joey Votto has been one of the majors best hitters over the last three years. The thought that he's expendable because the Reds have a hot prospect that's a guaranteed replacement is LAUGHABLE. Alonso's OPS in AAA is .842. Votto's carried a .983 OPS over the last three years IN THE MAJORS.There was a prospect a few years back that was more highly touted than Alonso is. He's a Red. He reached the majors in 2008 and is yet to have an offensive season any where close to what Votto's been doing. Do you know who that is? Jay Bruce.

Jay Bruce is a top-5 right fielder and a deep threat any time he's at bat. What team have you been following? And I am a Cubs fan!!!

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