The Hot Stove season is sure to provide the Cincinnati faithful with plenty of juicy Reds rumors this time of year. While it was reported on Monday that the Cincinnati Reds aren't necessarily shopping Jonathan India, that doesn't mean that the infielder won't get traded this offseason.
In fact, given the Reds' depth up the middle and India's below-average defense, it makes quite a bit of sense for Cincinnati to entertain the idea of trading the former NL Rookie of the Year.
In an offseason when the free market is devoid of talented middle infielders, India could be highly-sought after by a number of clubs who might overlook his defensive flaws while concentrating on his bat-to-ball skills.
Reds rumors: MLB Insider identifies possible trade partner for Jonathan India
MLB Network's Jon Morosi cited the Seattle Mariners as a possible suitor for Jonathan India this offseason. According to Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto, Seattle is prioritizing right-handed contact hitters this winter.
Seattle is loaded with left-handed talent. The Mariners have a lineup filled with the likes of J.P. Crawford, Jarred Kelenic, Mike Ford, and switch-hitter Cal Raleigh. However, the Mariners ranked 22nd in batting average (.242) and had the second-most strikeouts (1,603) in the league.
Morosi noted the familiarity between the Reds and Mariners as a reason for a possible deal that could send India to the Pacific Northwest. The MLB Insider also noted how highly-regarded the Mariners' stable of pitchers is through the league.
With the Cincinnati Reds looking to upgrade their starting rotation this offseason, sacrificing a player like Jonathan India may be necessary if president of baseball operations Nick Krall is looking to bolster the pitching staff this winter.
Morosi also noted Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz as another potential target for Jerry Dipoto and the Seattle Mariners this offseason. The M's barely missed out on the postseason this season and will be looking to get back in 2024.