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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: The Reds played their best baseball last year with Joey Votto the disabled list and this year he can’t hit with runners in scoring position, probably below .200. Wouldn’t it help to trade him for players who might help offensively? — RICK, MIAMISBURG
A: You couldn’t be more wrong on Votto’s performance — he is hitting .302 with runners in scoring position. He leads the league in on-base average and walks. He is second in runs and third in hits. His home runs are down and his RBIs are down, mostly because teams pitch around him (hence all the walks) in dangerous situations. Yes, the Reds could get a lot for him, but it would be silly to trade your best player. Remember Frank Robinson?