Reds GM would consider trading Votto to Blue Jays if he asked
Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall is planning on having first baseman Joey Votto finish his career with the only franchise he's played for.
However, Krall told The Athletic's Jim Bowden that he'd consider trading Votto to his hometown Toronto Blue Jays if the Reds were out of playoff contention and Votto made that request.
Votto was born and raised in Toronto. The 39-year-old made headlines this offseason when he documented some of his adventures around his hometown.
Votto is recovering after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery last August. The six-time All-Star was limited to just 91 games in 2022. He struggled to the tune of a .205/.319/.370 slash line with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs.
The Blue Jays have reigning Gold Glove winner Vladimir Guerrero Jr. entrenched at first base. The club also signed first baseman Brandon Belt this offseason.
Votto is scheduled to earn $25 million in 2023. The Reds hold a club option for $20 million in 2024 as part of the 10-year, $225-million extension he signed in 2012.
The veteran is one of the most accomplished players in Reds history. Votto ranks second on the all-time Reds list in home runs, third in RBIs, and sixth in games played.
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