Why Eugenio Suárez trade could put Jonathan India back on this team's radar

The Mariners traded former Reds infielder Eugenio Suárez to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

The Seattle Mariners have been a predictable trade destination for Cincinnati Reds star Jonathan India. The two organizations have made two blockbuster trades over the past two seasons, so it stands to reason that another could be on tap this offseason.

The Mariners have prioritized adding a right-handed contact hitter this winter, while the Reds could certainly use an additional arm. A number of rookie infielders emerged for Cincinnati in 2023, making India's future in the Queen City rather muddled.

But after Seattle pulled off a trade with the Boston Red Sox for Luis Urías ahead the non-tender deadline, trading India to the Mariners seemed much more unlikely. But after Eugenio Suárez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, trade talks with the Mariners could pick up.

Why Eugenio Suárez trade could put Jonathan India back on the Mariners' radar

It was assumed that the Seattle Mariners would install newly acquired infielder Luis Urías at second base. But after sending Eugenio Suárez to the desert, it's being reported by Derek Kramer of MLB.com that Urías will become the team's everyday third baseman.

If that's the case, don't be surprised if the Jonathan India to Seattle rumors are reignited in the coming days and weeks. While Reds President of Baseball Operations NIck Krall has downplayed the idea of trading India, opposing GMs aren't giving up so easily.

The Mariners, because of their pitching depth, could make a terrific trade partner for the Reds. However, a possible trade package for India could be more prospect-laden.

For those Reds fans who want to see these Jonathan India trade rumors just disappear, the Hot Stove is just beginning. With the MLB Winter Meetings just around the corner, the trade rumors surrounding the Cincinnati second baseman are likely to intensify.