Add the Toronto Blue Jays to the list of teams rumored to be targeting Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India. According to Bob Elliot of The Canadian Baseball Network, the Blue Jays have shown interest in dealing for India.
Despite numerous attempts by president of baseball operations Nick Krall to dismiss such trade chatter this winter, these Reds rumors continue to persist. While Cincinnati is not actively pursuing a trade, if the right deal comes along, it's very likely that Krall would pull the trigger.
The Blue Jays represent an intriguing trade destination. After missing out on Shohei Ohtani, Toronto is looking to upgrade their lineup this offseason. The Blue Jays have also been linked to former NL MVP Cody Bellinger.
Reds rumors: Blue Jays interested in trading for Jonathan India
After signing Jeimer Candelario to a three-year/$45-million contract, the Reds rumors surrounding infielder Jonathan India grew even louder.
Nick Krall can babble on about switching India to the outfield. The Reds' top executive can carefully dance around the idea that hanging onto India provides more depth for this young team. He can even cite India's leadership as a key reason to keep the infielder in the Queen City.
But these persistent Reds rumors aren't going anywhere. India's presence on the roster represents a redundancy. The rebuild saw several young players make it to The Show quicker than anticipated.
Cincinnati has more than enough infielders, which is why the team is kicking around the idea of moving India to the outfield. Furthermore, India's defense at second base the past two seasons has been dreadful.
The Cincinnati Reds hold all the cards here. As has been said many times, the Reds do not have to trade Jonathan India. But, if a bidding war ensues for the second baseman's services, Nick Krall can accept the best offer that will improve the team, both next season and beyond.