2. Reds and Blue Jays make one-for-one swap involving Jonathan India
Now, if you're in the camp that wants to see Jonathan India traded for a frontline starter, Alek Manoah is your guy. In all honesty, given India's below-average defense, no team is looking to acquire the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year for his glove.
But while India's subpar play on the infield dirt is sure to ding his trade value, Manoah's regression in 2023 will definitely hurt his. After being in the Cy Young conversation two years ago, Manoah suffered a setback of epic proportions this past season.
The hard-throwing right-hander was so bad last season that Toronto actually optioned Manoah back to Triple-A. The Reds took a similar approach with Nick Senzel in 2023. Manoah did not take kindly to the demotion, and it's assumed there is some animosity just below the surface.
This would be a change-of-scenery trade that could work out extremely well for both the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays. Alek Manoah has the tools to be an ace, but after walking 14.2-percent of the batters he faced last season, there are certainly some questions.
Alek Manoah is still pre-arbitration eligible, meaning he'll be making the league minimum in 2024 and does not become a free agent until after the 2027 season. Manoah, much like the aforementioned Tim Mayza, has minor league options remaining.
There's risk involved, to be sure, but the upside is that Cincinnati is able to acquire a frontline starter. While losing Jonathan India would sting, the Reds unequivocally have the infield depth to weather the loss.