Cincinnati Reds Rumors: Teams Inquiring About Star Player's Availability

The Cincinnati Reds, who lost 100 games last season, find themselves right in the mix for a division title this season after a recent hot stretch. Granted, it's the NL Central, where being close to .500 makes you a veritable powerhouse, but nevertheless, the Reds have a shot. 

The strangest part of it all is that their team leader and former Rookie of the Year, second baseman Jonathan India, may soon be left without a position. As noted by MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic, with baseball's top prospect, shortstop Elly De La Cruz nearing a promotion, and promising rookie Matt McLain tearing it up in Cincinnati (OPS close to 1.000), the middle infield could soon be spoken for by the next generation. 

India, by the way, is still just 26, and is having quite a year himself. And yes, he is the heart and soul of this Reds team. 

So what to do? 

According to a report from MLB Insider Jeff Passan, a number of teams are inquiring about his availability, sensing the quandary the team is about to face. 

Would the Reds consider trading India to break the impending logjam at the keystone? Passan says that they're "in no hurry to move him." But if presented with the right offer, stranger things have certainly happened. 

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