2 reasons the Reds should trade Jonathan India this offseason and 2 reasons they shouldn't

What will the Cincinnati Reds do with Jonathan India this offseason?

Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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Once the Cincinnati Reds decline Joey Votto's $20-million team-option for the 2024 season, which is all but a formality at this point, the club can then turn their attention to Jonathan India.

It seems as though this has become a very polarizing topic in Reds Country; should Cincinnati trade the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year this offseason?

Quite frankly, I can see both sides the argument. But let's try to look at the pros and cons of trading one of the Reds' clubhouse leaders prior to the start of the 2024 season.

The Reds should trade Jonathan India because the infield is too crowded

One reason that the Cincinnati Reds should look to move on from Jonathan India during the offseason is due to the team's infield. There were times in 2023 when four rookies lined up on the infield to start a game.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Noelvi Marte, Matt McLain, and Elly De La Cruz could all conceivably be part of the Reds 2024 Opening Day lineup. This doesn't even included fellow 2023 rookie Spencer Steer who saw plenty of time infield dirt as well.

These young players are going to need at-bats. It would seem as though the Reds' brass as pushing all their chips into the middle of the table and betting on this group of youngsters to lead the team into the future.

It's a bold strategy, but those five rookies mentioned above certainly showed flashes of what the're capable of. India is rather limited defensively, at least form what we've seen to this point, and only played second base during the 2023 season.

This list doesn't even include Edwin Arroyo, a young player who showed great strides in the minor leagues last season. Arroyo may get a chance in the big leagues next season, but should arrive no later thatn 2025.