Yet, how relevant are the rumors?
A league parlayed by maddened media think tanks and persuasive gossip and rumor mills is commonly confused by these sorts of blown-out-of-proportion circuses.
Votto has yet to address the rumors. His inaction is either a quiet way of distancing himself from his current franchise or paralysis for the TV hocus pocus that often plagues and messes with the reality of things.
Ricky Lake aside, many teams would love to take on the 28-year-old class act. With $25 million left on his contract, Votto is the biggest bang for any shopper's buck.
A nice left-handed bat with power to both sides of the field, the slugger consistently hit with authority (.306/29 home runs/103 RBI) this season within an emaciated Reds lineup.
If the star does hit the open market, how seriously should the Angels go after him?
It is hard to fathom a move that would give the Halos a shot at Votto. But crazier things have happened—including the sign and trade of Vernon Wells—that beg the possibilities.
Take a look with me at how realistic or unrealistic a move would actually be and why.