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08:30 AM ET 01.27 | Prince Fielder's contract didn't do the Reds any favors. [In light of the Fielder deal], it's time to start wondering about Joey Votto's future with the Reds. Votto is signed through 2013 and can become a first-time free agent after that season. In addition to Fielder, Albert Pujols -- who has the same agent as Votto -- signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels this offseason. Despite the precedent set by these two contracts, Reds CEO Bob Castellini didn't rule out Cincinnati making the effort to sign the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player to an extension. ... Castellini believes that he and Jocketty could initiate extension talks as early as this year.

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January 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Stock tip: Buy low, sell high! Stock your minor leagues. Rinse and repeat........

January 27, 2012  10:08 AM ET

I don't care what the Reds are offering. If he's smart he'll go to free agency.

January 27, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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Stock tip: Buy low, sell high! Stock your minor leagues. Rinse and repeat........

Build through the draft
Avoid the bank account overdraft
Tampa Bay has shown the way
If only someone would come see them play..

January 27, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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If the Reds lose Votto they are done...

consider them done.....cause they won't be able to afford him. He'll be looking for big money as he should. I predict him to go back to Canada and be in a blue jays uniform.

January 27, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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I don't care what the Reds are offering. If he's smart he'll go to free agency.

Ah... Votto's not that kind of guy. While I'm not saying he'll definitely stay, if the Reds come up with Braun money (they can't approach Pujols or Fielder money), he might sign an extension this year. Don't forget, this is a team that stood by him when he went through family issues and depression. The main club I worry about him wanting to play for - Toronto. They'll go all out to sign the Canadian, and they might be the reason he wouldn't sign an extension early.

January 27, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Build through the draftAvoid the bank account overdraftTampa Bay has shown the wayIf only someone would come see them play..

If only they played in Tampa & not St. Pete.

January 27, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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Build through the draftAvoid the bank account overdraftTampa Bay has shown the wayIf only someone would come see them play..

right on.....I wish all these teams would stop whining about what they don't have and follow the Rays model. I know its easier said then done but c'mon they are obviously doing something right

January 27, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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consider them done.....cause they won't be able to afford him. He'll be looking for big money as he should. I predict him to go back to Canada and be in a blue jays uniform.

I hope you're right and it's the reasons the Jays have kept their wallets closed for now.

January 27, 2012  11:00 AM ET
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right on.....I wish all these teams would stop whining about what they don't have and follow the Rays model. I know its easier said then done but c'mon they are obviously doing something right

The biggest thing I can see is that TB develops their young players and if they are good they sign them to long contracts for little money. For example Matt Moore.

January 27, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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The biggest thing I can see is that TB develops their young players and if they are good they sign them to long contracts for little money. For example Matt Moore.

absolutely. in addition to that their advanced scouting has been the best in baseball for some time now. They often trade for players in the minors they know will develop into major leaguers and they stress pitching and defense when scouting. they were among the best in both categories last season

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January 27, 2012  11:45 AM ET
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I don't care what the Reds are offering. If he's smart he'll go to free agency.

+1

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January 27, 2012  12:25 PM ET
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Ah... Votto's not that kind of guy. While I'm not saying he'll definitely stay, if the Reds come up with Braun money (they can't approach Pujols or Fielder money), he might sign an extension this year. Don't forget, this is a team that stood by him when he went through family issues and depression. The main club I worry about him wanting to play for - Toronto. They'll go all out to sign the Canadian, and they might be the reason he wouldn't sign an extension early.

Interesting points made. I didn't realize he had any issues he was struggling with in the past and it's good that the Reds were understanding about the situations. My only thought here was that this is going to be the guy's best chance at picking where he wants to play and for how much because he's in his prime.

January 27, 2012  12:42 PM ET
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And when was the last time the Rays won a World Series with this super 'strategy'?And better yet, will they ever?

Who has been a better team since TB has contended using this method? I guess if we used PED's like the Manny/Papi duo we could get over the hump couldn't we?

January 27, 2012  12:50 PM ET
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consider them done.....cause they won't be able to afford him. He'll be looking for big money as he should. I predict him to go back to Canada and be in a blue jays uniform.

Votto was on the Radio here this morning and said he feels a long term contract would get done with the Reds and they are not that far apart on the Money.

Sorry Toronto

 
January 27, 2012  12:50 PM ET
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And when was the last time the Rays won a World Series with this super 'strategy'?And better yet, will they ever?

You usually make predictions on here. Why don't you look into that crystal ball you have lodged in your **** and find out.

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