The should not trade Jonathan India because they would be selling low
This is probably my biggest hurdle when it comes to the idea of trading Jonathan India. Some will point to his leadership, citing the team's win-loss record while he was on the IL. Others who defend India will speak to his passion for the game and his will to win.
Those are admirable qualities and something that can't be quantified. However, players like TJ Friedl and Luke Maile showed a willingness to step up and be leaders this season as well. And I'm not going to doubt the fire that burns for any player on this year's Reds team.
However, what I will say is that trading India after back-to-back subpar seasons isn't going to get you much in return. In essence, the Reds would be selling low on India. For all those who believe that Nick Krall could somehow flip India for a No. 2 starter, you better be willing to part with a couple prospects as well.
The defensive deficiencies that were outlined earlier is something that the other 29 organizations can see too, and it's undoubtedly something they'd use in trade negotiations. What I'm asking is, how much are you going to get in return for a player who's hit .246/.333/.394 the past two seasons, battled injuries, plays below-average defense, and is owed a pay raise in 2024?
None of that is meant as a dig at Jonathan India, but when Nick Krall is trying to get the best return from another club, that's what the opposing GM is going to throw back in his face.
Like I said at the outset, I can see both sides of the argument. Yes, the Cincinnati Reds should listen if other teams inquire as to the availability of Jonathan India. However, the Reds should think long and hard about moving on from one of their team leaders who, when healthy, is a very good ballplayer.