These Reds players should be traded before Opening Day
Jonathan India's time with the Reds has all but expired
It's time, Reds fans. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, because Jonathan India is a good player and has a role on this team. But his time in Cincinnati is coming to an end. Rather than trade talks becoming a distraction throughout the 2024 season, it would be best to rip the bandage off now.
This isn't something that India could have prevented, nor is it the organization pushing the infielder out the door. It's painfully obvious that India just doesn't have an everyday role on the Reds heading into 2024 and beyond.
The addition of Jeimer Candelario and the eventual ascension of young infielders like Edwin Arroyo, Cam Collier, and Sal Stewart make Jonathan India expendable. And don't dwell on the leadership aspect. While India certainly brings that intangible to the ball club, he's not the only leader in the clubhouse.
The Reds should have already traded Jose Barrero
Why is Jose Barrero still on the roster? At this point, it makes virtually no sense. Even a scenario that sees two of the Reds infielders land on the injured list wouldn't be enough to insert Barrero into the starting lineup.
Barrero had his chances. While the Cincinnati Reds didn't do him any favors by being called up before he was ready and shuffled then between the infield and outfield, the harsh reality is that Barrero failed to execute when given the opportunity.
Barrero is out of options and represents a redundancy on this Reds roster heading into spring training. While it's debatable as to what Barrero might bring back in a trade, freeing up a roster spot in reason enough to send him packing.