Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 3/31/12
Yesterday we talked about the Reds' intentions of keeping both Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, and explained how much we believe Phillips should make in a long-term deal. Now its time to evaluate Votto. Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com, believes that Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers and Albert Pujols‘ 10-year, $254 million with the Angels will be used as benchmark in Votto's contract talks. In 2011, Votto hit .309/.416/.531 with 29 HR's and 103 RBI's. His FRAA was 14.2 and his VORP 53.2 for a 7.2 WARP, the highest number in his career. He is a career 179.4 VORP, 31.6 FRAA and 21.9 WARP in five Major League seasons and is only 28 years old. Pujols, 32, had his worst offensive season last year since he reached the Major in 2001. In fact, it was the first time in his career that his BA was below .300 (.299) and the second time in his career that his OBP was below .400 (.366). His FRAA in 2011 was 13.5, his VORP 43.4 and his WARP 6.1, all still pretty good numbers. His career VORP is 787.7, his FRAA 121.7 and his WARP 91.2, outstanding numbers for Pujols. Fielder on the other hand hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 HR's and 120 RBI's in 2011. His VORP was 51.0, his FRAA -0.8 and his WARP 5.3, the highest number in his career. His career VORP is 215.4, his FRAA -22.5 and his WARP 19.7, also good numbers. He is 27 years old. Of the three, Pujols has been the greatest, but is also the oldest, and is coming off one of the worst season in his career (still a very solid sesason for anyone else). Votto was more valuable than Fielder in 2010 and 2011. Fielder was only superior than Votto in 2009 when he had a 4.5 WARP and Votto 4.3. Also, Votto is clearly a better defensive player than Fielder, although Pujols has been better than Votto except for the 2011 season, when Pujols had a 13.5 FRAA and Votto 14.2. Votto's age will play a significant role in the contract negotiations. He is already one year older than Fielder, and will be about Pujols' age when he hits the market. I don't think he can pull a Pujols' style deal, after all, in his worst season, Pujols had a 6.1 WARP and in his best season Votto had a 7.2 WARP. I think Votto's next contract could be closer to Fielder's deal with the Tigers. Now, nine years for Votto when he turns 30 sounds as crazy as giving Pujols ten years at age 31, but when you're talking about Pujols you're talking about probably the best player in the game right now. I don't think the Reds are going to commit that many years with Votto, and if he wants that kind of contract he will probably have to look elsewhere, say the Los Angeles Dodgers? I think Votto should probably get a seven-year, $175 million deal, or an eight-year $184 million. With this I'm not saying that Fielder is a better player than Votto, but I believe that both Fielder and Pujols were overpaid by the Tigers and Angels respectively. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License.
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