3. Reds secure starting pitcher while sending Jonathan India to Toronto
It's unlikely that a one-for-one swap sending Jonathan India to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Yusei Kikuchi would be enough to suffice the Cincinnati Reds, but it would be close. In Toronto were able to add another low-level prospect, it might be enough to seal the deal.
It would also arm the Reds with that starting pitcher that the fanbase has been clamoring for. While Cincinnati already inked Nick Martinez to a two-year contract, it's quite possible that the former San Diego Padres pitcher would serve as more of swingman to help balance out the young rotation.
Kikuchi, however, is a reliable starting pitcher who is going to give you 25 to 30 starts per season and log 150-plus innings if he stays healthy. Last season, Kikuchi was 11-6 with a 3.86 ERA and 4.12 FIP. The lefty also posted a 25.9-percent strikeout-rate, punching out 181 batters in 167.2 innings pitched.
Unlike Tim Mayza or Alek Manoah, who are arbitration or pre-arbitration eligible, Kikuchi is actually under contract. He is owed $10 million this season and will be a free agent heading into next winter.
Yusei Kikuchi paired with a young, controllable prospect might be enough to sway the Cincinnati Reds to part ways with Jonathan India. The Toronto Blue Jays lost Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Chapman, and Whit Merrifield this offseason.
While young stars like Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. are still part of the Jays roster, Toronto is need of some upgrades its lineup if Ross Atkins and front office are hoping to contend in the uber-competitive AL East.