Recent rumors suggest that the Toronto Blue Jays are now in on the Jonathan India sweepstakes. While Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall has maintained that the club is not looking to trade India, the rumors persist.
The Blue Jays are an intriguing trade partner. There are several players within Toronto's organization who could help the Reds in 2024 and beyond.
While it's not entirely clear as to why the Blue Jays are actually interested in trading for India, perhaps Toronto has bigger plans in the event they actually acquire the former NL Rookie of the Year. Which three Blue Jays players could be involved in a potential trade for India?
1. Reds trade Jonathan India and add left-handed reliever
While the Cincinnati Reds already added Emilio Pagán this offseason, the bullpen could still use some reinforcements. Left-handed reliever Tim Mayza would be a terrific addition to the Reds' relief corps.
Mayza, by himself, would probably be a little light in terms of a return for Jonathan India. But perhaps the Blue Jays have a mid-tier prospect, perhaps right-hander Connor Cooke, they could pair with the southpaw in order to get a deal done.
Mayza is under team control for two more season and has minor league options remaining. That's the exact type of relief pitcher Cincinnati should be targeting in a potential trade.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Mayza is estimated to take home $3.3 million in 2024. With India's estimated salary sitting at about $3.7 million, the Reds would not be taking on any additional money. This would also benefit the Blue Jays, who are said to be pursuing Cody Bellinger.
Tim Mayza made 69 relief appearances in 2023 and posted a sparkling 1.52 ERA and 2.60 FIP. The lefty struck out nearly 25-percent of the batters he faced while posting a 58.2 ground ball-rate. If the Reds can acquire Mayza in exchange for India, this could be a win-win.