Joel Sherman of the NY Post says Reds first baseman Joey Votto may be a bargain for an interested team to acquire, and suggests the Mets -- and other teams -- should consider dealing for him.
"If you were the Mets, would you trade Dominic Smith as the key to get him? Votto is essentially Sandy Alderson's dream hitter -- tons of walks and homers -- embodied."
Votto is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $225 million contract that he signed in 2014. He is owed $157 million over the remaining six years of the deal.
Sherman also lists the Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Astros as other teams who should consider trading for Votto.
The 33-year-old Votto is hitting .315 with a league-leading .447 OBP, a .597 SLG, and a league-leading 1.044 OPS to go along with 31 home runs and 23 doubles. He has also drawn a league-leading 98 walks.
Votto has hit .313/.427/.541 with 252 HR, 333 doubles, and 960 walks during his 11-year career, which has been spent entirely with the Reds.
The Reds, who are 50-71 this season, last made the playoffs in 2013, which was the last season they finished above .500.