Are the Cincinnati Reds going to trade Jonathan India this offseason? The short answer is, maybe. There is every reason to believe that the Reds could move India this winter, and at the same time, Cincinnati has every reason to hang on to the former NL Rookie of the Year.
The trade rumors have been present ever since the 2023 season came to a close. In fact, there were even whispers near last year's trade deadline. Those rumors only intensified once the Reds inked Jeimer Candelario to a three-year contract, making India's presence on the roster even more redundant.
While the Reds may not be actively shopping India, there are surely teams who are interested in trading for highly-skilled infielder. Which three teams are most likely to trade for India this offseason?
1. LA Angels could trade for Reds 2B Jonathan India
The Los Angeles Angels have a lot of production to replace in their lineup. After losing AL MVP Shohei Ohtani to their in-state rival, the Angels will undoubtedly be looking to revamp the roster heading into 2024.
The Angels have a lot of money tied up in Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, so being able to secure an affordable bat like Jonathan India would certainly be appealing to LA's general manager Perry Minasian.
The Angels relied on Brandon Drury as their second baseman in 2023, but there's been trade rumors surrounding the former Reds slugger this offseason.
Would the Halos attempt to supplant Drury with India? Neither is an above-average defender at the keystone, but after signing a two-year/$17-million deal last winter, Drury is the more expensive option.
Brandon Drury also offers positional flexibility, as he can play first and third base, so the Angels could always keep the 30-year-old and secure India's services as well.
Adding Jonathan India could help to cushion the blow of losing Shohei Ohtani this offseason. However, LA doesn't have a very deep farm system, so finding an amicable return could be difficult for the Reds and Halos to work out.