The Reds have been in talks with the agents for Joey Votto and Jay Bruce about locking both up for the long-term:

Tulowitzki’s money could come into play, particularly with Votto.

“It probably will to some extent,” Jocketty said. “It’s a different situation. They already had him signed for three years. They thought it was important for the long-term security of the team and player to extend it. We’re not in the position to do that.”

I’ve been concerned that the money being thrown around this offseason — particularly at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki — would adversely affect Cincinnati’s chances of signing Votto to a long-term contract. Truthfully, Votto would be foolish not to take advantage of the fact that he’s the reigning MVP in contract negotiations. I couldn’t blame him for refusing to sign below market value.

That said, Joey Votto is the most indispensible player in the Cincinnati organization. The Reds must get him signed to a long-term deal.

On another note, Jocketty seems optimistic that they’ll work out deals with Arthur Rhodes and Miguel Cairo, plus an extension for Bronson Arroyo (though, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why they’d want to extend Arroyo past 2011; guess that’s why I don’t make those decisions).