Found February 27, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
SALT RIVER AT TALKING STICK, AZ. Neftali Soto probably sees Joey Votto in his dreams and wonders, What am I going to do? Where am I going to play?Maybe he should change jobs. Soccer? Football? Roller blading?Soto, you see, is a first baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization, a doggone good one, a top prospect.But the Reds have a first baseman, a guy who is signed for the next 12 years for something like 275 million. Soto could bat 1.000 this spring and hed still be without a job in the Reds dugout.Amazingly, rather than pout and fret and say, I wish theyd trade me, Soto takes it like a man and does what he can do to impress the team. He can do nothing about Votto.He impressed during the first exhibiton game this spring, coming off the bench to get four hits only the third Reds player in the last seven years to get four hits in a spring training game.Ive been working a lot and thats all I can do, said the 24-year-old from Mantai, Puerto Rico. Im just trying to do my job. Im on t...
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