It seems as though the Jonathan India trade rumors will continue until the Cincinnati Reds second baseman is traded or the first pitch is thrown at Great American Ball Park on March 28, 2024.
The latest Reds rumors come courtesy of MLB Insider Jim Bowden. The former Reds GM, who is now a contributor for The Athletic (subscription required), cited the Boston Red Sox as a possible landing spot for India this offseason.
While answering subscribers' trade proposals Bowden revealed that the Red Sox have already engaged with the Reds in conversations involving India.
Reds rumors: MLB Insider reveals Red Sox engaged in Jonathan India trade talks
At this point, Jonathan India may be the most popular trade target in all of Major League Baseball. The Cincinnati Reds infield depth has made other teams curious as to India's availability. However, the Reds have made it clear that they value what India brings to the team.
Whether or not this is posturing on the part of Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall isn't abundantly clear. However, with Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Matt McLain, and Spencer Steer all finding success in 2023, one can understand why other clubs are inquiring.
Still, the Reds do not have to trade India. Major league sources suggested last week that India's most likely to fetch prospects in exchange for the infielder's services. For a team looking to contend in 2024, that would seem to be a rather unacceptable return for the former NL Rookie of the Year.
After seeing the Red Sox trade Luis Urias to the Seattle Mariners last week, Boston now has a void in the middle of their infield. Jim Bowden also cited New York Yankees second baseman as a possible trade target for the Red Sox, but intradivision trades are a rarity.
For now, the Cincinnati faithful will continue to endure the countless Reds rumors that involve one of the team's most popular players. With the MLB Winter Meetings just around the corner, those rumors are only going to intensify.