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.

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  1. brianknowsbest says:

    This gives me a nice warm feeling. But Im sure that feeling will cool when the asking price is Matt Moore, or Hellickson.

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