The Reds should trade Jonathan India because his defense is below-average
This one is big sticking point for the Cincinnati faithful, and it was on full display this season. I don't think anyone is going to question India's toughness and leadership, but questioning his defense is perfectly acceptable given the numbers we've seen the past few seasons.
According to Fielding Bible, India was worth -8 defensive runs saved (DRS) in 2023. For reference, only three second basemen were worse, with Jose Altuve posting a league-worst -13 DRS. Since 2022, India has been worth -22 DRS.
Outs Above Average (OAA) is another popular metric in today's game used to measure a defender's ability, and that statistic doesn't offer much hope either. According to Baseball Savant, was worth -9 OAA. However, don't let it get lost that Spencer Steer is worth -17 OAA. That's definitely not a good number either.
When Matt McLain got into the lineup at second base, the Reds rookie was worth 0 OAA and 0 DRS saved while manning the keystone. So let's not act as though McLain was an elite defender at second base. That said, McLain has much more range than India.
Even Jonathan India's staunchest advocates have to admit that he's been bad defensively. That's not to say that the 26-year-old can't overcome those shortcomings, but to this point, the numbers just aren't very good.