Joey Votto was very close to being named the National League's Most Valuable Player, but lost in a close battle with Giancarlo Stanton.
With the numbers he put up to be in the running for MVP, the first baseman showed he is still one of the best players in all of the "Big Leagues", but... Could he take that talent to another team soon?
Especially since Votto holds all the cards.
According to information from MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, there is no chance the Reds would entertain any trade ideas for their Most Valuable Player.
Sheldon explains that the Reds could listen to trades, but Votto has a Full No-Trade-Clause and he just doesn't want to leave the Reds.
Votto's trade value is probably at the highest it will be this off-season and into the future. With many teams looking for power bats and with the Reds still a few years away from being relevant, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get some talent in Cincinnati but they would have to convince the left-handed hitter first.
Votto has played eleven years in the Majors with the Reds, accumulating a total of 1430 games played with 257 dingers and 830 RBIs and a batting average of .313.
The 34-year veteran has a contract for the next six seasons, earning $25 million every year.