The Cincinnati Reds appear to be going into rebuild mode this Winter by shopping around closer Aroldis Chapman, right fielder Jay Bruce, and second baseman Brandon Phillips.
One player that hasn’t been rumored in trades is star first baseman Joey Votto, who will be entering the third-year of a 10-year $225 million contract he signed in 2012 that began in 2014.
Votto is still due over $200 million, and people are wondering whether or not Votto will be traded.
According to Votto himself, he doesn’t want to leave Cincinnati for at all.
“I absolutely love playing here,” Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. “When all this trade stuff gets going, it’s natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job. I like the location of the ballpark and the fans and the clubhouse and the uniform and the number on my back — all the littlest things that people take for granted are very comfortable to me and something I look forward to. I don’t think of myself as anything other than a Cincinnati Red. It’s one of the really cool things about having a no-trade clause. I’m one of the rare players who has that. I get to stay a Cincinnati Red.
Votto batted .314 with 29 home runs and 80 runs batted in for the Reds in 158 games last season.
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