The Hot Stove season is beginning to heat up with the GM Meetings wrapping up early last week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Reds fans have already heard some whispers about the team's offseason plans, including the possible pursuit of free agent infielder Jeimer Candelario.
But Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided us with some insight from last week's GM Meetings, along with some juicy Reds rumors as the offseason is set to get very interesting.
Reds rumors: Nick Senzel likely to be non-tendered
If the Cincinnati Reds are unable to trade Nick Senzel within the coming days, expect to see the former first-round draft pick non-tendered before the November 17th deadline.
This latest nugget from Bob Nightengale shouldn't come as much of shock as poor production and injuries have basically defined Senzel's career since being promoted to the big leagues in 2019.
Senzel did have success against left-handed pitching last season, but the University of Tennessee product was optioned to Triple-A during the latter part of the summer. Were it not for a plethora of injuries that struck the team down the stretch, Senzel may have ended his 2023 season in the minors.
Reds rumors: Jonathan India expected to be traded this winter
In addition to saying farewell to Nick Senzel, the Reds fanbase may want to ready their goodbyes for another former first-rounder. According to Nightengale, Jonathan India is expected to be traded this offseason.
Much like Senzel's departure, this isn't overly surprising. While India's vocal leadership has been cited by many fans as a reason to hold on to the 26-year-old infielder, the harsh reality is that India's production has been down since his rookie season.
With aspiring young rookies like Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain looking to be a fixture up the middle for the next five years, keeping a below-average defender like India just doesn't seem feasible.
There were rumors around the August 1st deadline, and while trade specualtion this offseason has been rebuffed, there's every reason to believe a deal that sees Jonathan India wearing a different uniform on Opening Day is definitely on the table this winter.
Reds rumors: Michael Wacha and Wade Miley could be free agent targets
Now for a bit of good news - the Cincinnati Reds appear likely to spend money on starting pitcher this offseason. Bob Nightengale mentions Michael Wacha and Wade Miley as possible free agent targets.
Wacha had a fine season with the San Diego Padres a year ago and has familiarity with the NL Central having previously pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Reds fans are very familiar with Miley; a left-handed starter who actually pitched a no-hitter during his time in Cincinnati. Though injured on-and-off last season, Miley would bring veteran leadership to a rotation made up of very young pitchers.