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4 outside-the-box extension candidates the Reds could ink to long-term contracts

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) and Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) talk.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) and Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) talk. / Meg Vogel/ The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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There's sure to be discussion once a new CBA is reached about the Cincinnati Reds offering contract extensions to the likes of Jesse Winker, Luis Castillo, and Tyler Mahle. But who are some outside-the-box candidates the team may consider extending?

We haven't really seen the Cincinnati Reds offer a long-term contract extension since Eugenio Suárez received a seven-year/$66M contract in 2018. But, with Winker, Castillo, and Mahle up for arbitration for a second time this offseason, it would behoove the Reds front office to strike a deal with at least one of that trio.

However, the Reds have a solid nucleus of young talent they may turn their attention to as well. While it's a bit unorthodox, Cincinnati could offer a contract extension to a few players who've yet to reach their arbitration window. Let's take a look at a few outside-the-box extension candidates the Reds could ink to a new contract this offseason.

1. Jonathan India, Reds second baseman

While some may be wanting to pump the brakes on extending the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, I would argue that offering Jonathan India a new contract this offseason would be the Cincinnati Reds' most prudent transaction.

There isn't a player in the entire organization, outside of maybe Hunter Greene, who has the franchise-altering potential that India possesses. After missing out on the minor league season in 2020, India entered spring training last season with the mindset of making the Reds Opening Day roster.

David Bell altered his entire starting lineup in order to get India regular at-bats, and once inserted as the Reds' leadoff batter, the 25-year-old blossomed and was the runaway winner of the NL Rookie of the Year trophy.

Jonathan India is the type of player that the Reds can not only build a team around, but he's highly marketable as well. The former Florida Gator has the "it" factor, and if there's a way to workout a long-term contract with India, the Reds should certainly entertain the notion.

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