Despite repeated statements from Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall that the team is not looking to deal Jonathan India this offseason, some MLB Insiders remain steadfast in their reporting that trade conversations are ongoing.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network, who's been extremely adament in regards to India's availablity this offseason, is reporting that the Reds second baseman is still being talked about. According to Morosi, the India trade talks remain active and multiple teams are engaged.
After signing Jeimer Candelario to a three-year/$45-million contract, Reds fans knew that the Jonathan India trade rumors were only going to get louder. However, Cincinnati's front office has been incredibly consistent in their messaging - they're not trying to trade India.
Reds rumors: Multiple teams engaged in Jonathan India trade talks
Of course, if the right deal comes along, Nick Krall is not going to say no. It makes complete sense, from the business-side of things, to trade Jonathan India. He's entering Year 1 of his arbitration window and represents a redundancy on the Cincinnati Reds roster.
Though Krall has said that the team plans to shift around India to both first base and the outfield in addition to his usual home at second base, the Reds still have a roster filled with capable players who can man those positions on a regular basis.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Jeimer Candelario can field the corner infield spots, while Matt McLain can manage both second base and shortstop. The duo of Elly De La Cruz and Noelvi Marte can play shortstop and third base, and Spencer Steer can play almost anywhere.
But, while Candelario is a grizzled veteran who's a proven comodity in this league, there are a lot of question marks when it comes to that quintet of rookies.
Though it's foolish to outright dismiss these latest Reds rumors, it's probably wise to take them with a grain of salt. Nick Krall has constantly rebuffed the idea of trading Jonathan India, however, it remains a distinct possibility that the Cincinnati Reds infielder could be on the move this offseason.