Jonathan India's trade market lessens after Isiah Kiner-Falefa signs with this team

The Jonathan India trade rumors have been rather quiet of late, and this signing will likely take this club out of the running.

Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages

With the Christmas holiday now behind us, the Reds rumors are likely to heat up once again. Whether it's a free agent starter, potential trade partner, or another reliever, one would assume that Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall isn't done reshaping this roster just yet.

While the holidays always have a way of cooling off the Hot Stove conversation, some signings in recent days are sure to reignite the rumor mill.

On Wednesday, FanSided's Robert Murray reported that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year contract with infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa. This all but assures that Jonathan India will not be headed to the Great White North.

After signing IKF, the Blue Jays seem unlikely to trade for Jonathan India

There were some Reds rumors just over a week ago that the Toronto Blue Jays had shown interest in trading for Jonathan India. After signing Isiah Kiner-Falefa, it feels like a safe bet that you can now scratch Toronto off the list of possible landing spots for the Cincinnati Reds second baseman.

Nick Krall has maintained all offseason that the Reds have no intention of trading India this winter. However, the way the Reds roster is being constructed would seem to run counter to that line of thinking.

After signing Jeimer Candelario to a three-year contract, speculation grew that a trade involving India could be in the works. After all, with Candelario, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Noelvi Marte, Elly De La Cruz, and Matt McLain all penciled in to the starting lineup, where would India play?

However, Krall has stated that both India and Spencer Steer will see some time in the outfield, and the former University of Florida standout may also see some playing time at first base this coming season as well.

While Isiah Kiner-Falefa's bat definitely lags behind India's, the former New York Yankees infielder is the far superior defender. Kiner-Falefa won a Gold Glove in 2020, and can play multiple positions all over the infield.

As long as there appears to be a logjam in the infield, the Jonathan India trade rumors will exist. However, the Blue Jays would now appear to be an illogical destination.