CINCINNATI (BVM) – As the MLB playoffs quickly approach, the red-hot Cincinnati Reds are seeking to make the most of their surprise season with a postseason berth. While the Reds will look to make their first playoff appearance since 2020 and only the third over the past 10 seasons, one current player may not join them.
On Monday, MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand reported that Cincinnati is willing to part ways with second baseman Jonathan India. India is just two seasons removed from winning the National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2021. While India hasn’t had a season quite as good as his debut, he is having a strong campaign this year with a slash line of .251/.338/.411 and leading Cincinnati with 14 home runs.
The Reds have told other teams they are willing to trade 2021 NL ROY Jonathan India for young, controllable starting pitching, per sources. Cincinnati has a glut of young infielders (Steer, De La Cruz, McLain, Encarnacion-Strand) with more on the way (Marte, Arroyo, Collier).
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 24, 2023
With the Reds pushing for a playoff spot and having a number of high-quality infielders both on the current roster and in their farm system, India is an expendable chip that could bring back a lot in return. Given India’s successful rookie season just two years ago and a contract that is under club control through 2026, he could be an excellent piece for a team looking to win in 2023 and beyond. Here are five potential destinations for the former rookie of the year.