I would have kept Votto and Fielder for sure, both of them were no doubter type talents.
This is not true. Votto was losing OF eligibility after his rookie season. At that point he was nowhere near the stud 1B he is now.
For the same reason that everyone rushes to pick up prospects everyone keeps young players or overdrafts them based on potential. sometimes it works and sometimes (a lot of times) it doesn't. But I recall Votto being in keeper discussions that year.[/quote]
He might have been in the discussion but like everything it would depend on the league and who your other keepers are. But just the fact that he was in the discussion means he was no lock to be a keeper. Which was my point, that even the best young players were not really keepers for a few years. They might have had very nice rookie years but they didn't take that step into stardom the next year. Only the very very few hit the majors and become instant stars.
Votto and Fielder had a lot of question marks in there talent. Fielder has been up and down his entire career some questions his weight and even questioning whether he should start eating meat again. Votto was no guarantee that he would be this good. Very few people saw that kind of breakout last year. He was good but I don't remember anyone touting him as an elite 1B.