The rumor flying around the Cincinnati Reds’ part of the internet pertained to one first baseman Joey Votto.
Rival executives getting signals that the Reds won’t shop Joey Votto — but that they are fully prepared to listen to offers.
That was a tweet from Buster Olney from a few days ago. Granted, it’s a grown man going by the name of “Buster,” but he has both hands and presumably no mommy issues. Plus he writes for ESPN the Magazine.
Today, Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty responded to the issue.
“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.”
It would take one hell of an offer to trade Joey Votto. Clubs draft and develop and draft and develop and draft and develop and still never find a player with the talent of Votto. Once you get one, it makes no sense to immediately trade it away. That preparing for the future thing? That has to be now for the Reds.
And I would suggest that if Jocketty wants people to stop talking about Votto, maybe he should finally get around to improving the team. Votto’s only under contract for two more years.