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MLB Rumors: Reds could trade Jonathan India

Despite winning the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year award, the Cincinnati Reds no longer see Jonathan India as a key part of their future. India’s had two straight sub-par seasons — at least in comparison to his 2021 campaign — with a 98 OPS+ this year and a 92 OPS+ in 2022. That’s not enough to convince the Reds to keep him around given the litany of prospects in their farm system which project as middle-infield players.

As Mark Feinsand reports, Cincinnati realizes they have an attractive asset playing second base, and would prefer to trade him while his value is highest. Most importantly, the Reds don’t consider losing India a dramatic shot at their postseason chances.

As Feinsand points out, the sheer number of top infield prospects the Reds have at their disposal is rather incredible. Considering the surplus, Cincinnati doesn’t feel compelled to keep India, who hasn’t performed up to his 2021 standard in quite some time. There is sure to be plenty of interest in a player of his caliber, as well.

Perhaps most importantly to the Reds front office is that India is slated to reach arbitration after this season. India is still making league minimum as of this writing, but that will surely change prior to spring training.