3. Reds include Jonathan India in trade package for Tyler Glasnow
Finally, we can't talk about trade rumors and the Cincinnati Reds without mentioning Jonathan India. Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall has thrown cold water on the India trade rumors of late, but they'll no doubt ramp up once again with the Winter Meetings just around the corner.
The Reds don't have to trade India, but if the right deal presents itself, Krall and the front office have to listen. Cincinnati has the infield depth to weather the loss of the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year, especially if it meant securing a top-of-the-rotation starter like Tyler Glasnow.
But if the Rays are intent on getting young, MLB-ready pitchers as part of the deal for Glasnow, maybe the Reds could pursuade them to take Levi Stoudt. The right-hander was part of the trade for Luis Castillo in 2022 and got into four games as a rookie in 2023.
In addition to Stoudt and India, maybe a young pitching prospect like Jose Acuña would be enough to get a deal done. Acuña came to Cincinnati by way of the New York Mets trade for Tyler Naquin in 2022. The right-hander is just 21 years old and put up good numbers in the minors last season.
This would be an example of the Reds trading from a position of strength in order to pry Tyler Glasnow away from the Rays. With Glasnow owed $25 million in 2024 and India entering Year 1 of his arbitration window, Tampa Bay would save in excess of $20 million and add two young hurlers.
Who knows if a deal between the Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays will actually come to fruition, and it's anyone's guess as to what the actual trade package might look like. But these three scenarios give the Reds fanbase an understanding of what a potential trade for Tyler Glasnow might look like.