1 player the St. Louis Cardinals should steal from each division rival
Cincinnati Reds: Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman Jonathan India is the most intriguing player on the club’s roster. He had an incredible rookie season and, while arbitration-eligible this season, he won’t be a free agent until 2027.
India was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award at second base. The honor did ultimately go to St. Louis Cardinal second baseman Tommy Edman.
India hit .269/.376/.459 with a +122 wRC. He had 21 homers and 69 RBI. He did walk 71 times and got hit by a pitch to get on base 23 times. Unfortunately, he had 141 strikeouts, grounded into 13 double plays, and was caught stealing three times. He was a rookie and has a lot of growth potential, though.
While India would be an amazing target to get via trade for the Cardinals, it is very unlikely this one would happen. India has the potential to be a beloved member of the Reds for years to come. It would be hard to imagine a situation where to Reds move him. Especially to the Cardinals.