Joel Sherman of Newsday writes (via Twitter) that the Rays are not too anxious to trade any of their starting pitching depth. But notes that their stance “would change if [Joey] Votto became available.” He also notes that the Rays are “concentrating” on adding a first baseman, a designated hitter, and two relievers.
The Votto news is certainly enticing. However, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Votto will not be traded and they are hoping to sign him to a long-term extension.
Votto hit .309 with a National League leading .416 OBP and 29 home runs. He was the NL MVP in 2010. Votto has two years remaining on his current contract that will pay him $9.5 million in 2012 and a whopping $17 million in 2013. So there’s that.