Joey Votto, who hit his 250th career home run on Sunday, is among several big sluggers and stars who have cleared waivers, sources tell FanRag Sports.
Votto, who is now eligible to be traded, remains highly unlikely to be dealt. The Reds have shown no notable interest in dealing him, and certainly not since the hometown Blue Jays called with interest a couple of years ago. (A couple of people familiar with that situation believe Toronto did have a chance of getting him, back at that time).
Another impediment to a trade: Votto has a full no-trade clause in the deal that guarantees him about $164 million through 2023, including a $7 million buyout on a $20 million option for 2024.
Chris Davis, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Felix Hernandez, Brandon Crawford and Bryce Harper are among other stars who have cleared waivers, meaning no team claimed them and they are all now eligible to be dealt.
Davis, Upton and Cespedes all have big deals and are unlikely to be traded since those positions aren’t coveted by contending teams. Detroit is one team interested in a rebuild, and Upton has played very well this year, but there still has been no noticeable and serious outside interest in Upton to this point. He is all but sure not to opt out of his $132.75 million deal after the year.
There’s no evidence the Giants would be interested in a trade for Crawford, one of their cornerstone players. Felix Hernandez is currently on the disabled list. And there’s no chance the first-place Nats have any interest at all in trading Harper. His inclusion on the list is more procedural; rival teams only didn’t claim him because they knew it would be a waste of time, as the Nationals surely would have pulled him back.