Most of the Cincinnati fanbase have probably heard the latest Reds rumors that Jonathan India could be traded before the August 1st deadline. The Reds, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, are said to be seeking a young, controllable starting pitcher in return.
There is merit to the idea as the Cincinnati Reds have seen as enormous influx of talent make it to the big leagues this season. Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Spencer Steer, and Elly De La Cruz are all on the active roster.
So it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that India, the elder statesman of the infield at age 26, has seen his name pop up in trade rumors. But quite frankly, these latest Reds rumors make absolutely no sense.
1. Reds rumors: Trading Jonathan India while in the playoff race makes zero sense.
Do I think that the Cincinnati Reds should look to trade Jonathan India prior to August 1st? Not at all. India has proven time and time again that he is a leader in the clubhouse and the heartbeat of this time. While his play can be questioned at times, he brings an intangible to the table that many players can't.
That doesn't mean I believe Cincinnati should hold tightly to India and not let him go. Baseball is a business, and with so many young infielders (of which India's a part of), somebody will have to find a new position or be traded. But this should be a discussion for the offseason.
The Reds are trailing the Milwaukee Brewers in the division and about to go into the lion's den this week with three games against the Brew Crew. At 55-46, the Reds trail the Brewers by a half-game in the NL Central, but are atop the Wild Card standings.
Essentially if the season ended to day, the Reds would be hosting a home playoff series for the first time since 2012. Why in the world would Nick Krall and the Reds front office want to mess with a good thing?