Joey Votto is set to embark on his 17th big league season with the Cincinnati Reds and general manager Nick Krall hopes his 39-year-old first baseman will spend the entirety of his career with the team.

But Krall told The Athletic's Jim Bowden that he would consider dealing the Etobicoke, Ont. native to his hometown Toronto Blue Jays at the deadline should Votto ask and the Reds find themselves out of playoff contention.

Votto was originally taken in the second round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft out of Richview Collegiate. He would go on to make his big league debut in 2007.