With the MLB trade deadline approaching, the Cincinnati Reds may consider parting ways with a star.
According to a report from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Reds have informed teams they are willing to trade second baseman Jonathan India before the Aug. 1 deadline. Feinsand wrote Cincinnati is reportedly looking for “young, controllable starting pitching” in return.
Despite India winning the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year award, the Reds have significant infield depth, with Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Spencer Steer finding success as rookies this season. That’s not to mention the players in the team’s farm system, like Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo and Cam Collier.
And what Cincinnati boasts in infield depth, it lacks in starting pitching. Only Andrew Abbott, Ben Lively and Hunter Greene have ERAs below 4.00 in nine or more starts, and Greene is currently on the 15-day injured list.
The Reds still have three more years of club control with India, which makes it highly unlikely they would trade him, especially given how valuable he is to this year’s lineup.
India was a 2018 first-round draft pick for the Reds. He’s hitting .251 this season to go with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs.