Boston Red Sox Heavily in Second Baseman Talks

Red Sox In 2nd Base Market

The Boston Red Sox are all over the interest market as they are making sure they leave no stone unturned, and according to Jim Bowden, they are actively talking to other teams about trades for a second baseman, particularly the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. There has been a lot of speculation that the Yankees and Red Sox could make a one-for-one trade for Alex Verdugo and Gleyber Torres, which would help both teams, but Jeff Passan doesn’t think that’s a trade that will get done. The Reds are known to be shopping Jonathan India, who they were rumored to be looking to trade by the deadline this past season, but it made more sense to explore the opportunity in the offseason. The Reds have a log jam in the infield with Noelvi Marte, Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Elly De La Cruz holding the starting spots and names like Edwin Arroyo and Cam Collier on their way, meaning the writing is on the wall for Jonathan India to be traded so why not Boston?

Second Baseman By The Numbers

Jonathan India

India initially was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2015 draft out of high school but chose to attend the University of Florida. In 2018, the Reds selected India with the fifth overall draft pick. He made his big league debut in 2021 when he slashed .269/.386/.459 with a .835 OPS; India had 34 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 69 RBI, 98 runs scored, 12 stolen bases, and 71 walks; he would win the National League, Rookie of the Year. In his sophomore year in 2022, he slashed .249/.327/.378 with a .705 OPS; he had 16 doubles, two triples, ten home runs, 41 RBI, 48 runs scored, three stolen bases, and 31 walks. This past season, India slashed .244/.338/.407 with a .746 OPS; India had 23 doubles, 17 home runs, 61 RBI, 78 runs scored, 14 stolen bases, and 52 walks in 119 games. Overall for his career through three seasons, his slash line is .255/.350/.419 with a .769 OPS; he has 73 doubles, four triples, 48 home runs, 171 RBI, 224 runs scored, 29 stolen bases, and 154 walks. As a defender as second base throughout his career, he has a .974 fielding percentage, only committing 34 errors in 1,301 chances.

Gleyber Torres

The Chicago Cubs signed Torres as an amateur free agent, and would end up being traded by the Cubs to the New York Yankees in 2016 in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. He made his big league debut in 2018 on April 22nd for the Yankees. In his rookie year, he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting when he slashed .271/.340/.480 with a .820 OPS; he had 16 doubles, one triple,  24 home runs, 77 RBI, 54 runs scored, six stolen bases, and 42 walks. His best season came in his sophomore season when he slashed .278/.337/.535 with a .871 OPS; he scored 26 doubles, 38 home runs, 90 RBI, 96 runs, five stolen bases, and 48 walks. In his career, he has played in 734 games and slashed .267/.334/.454 with a .789 OPS; he has 128 doubles, four triples, 123 home runs, 378 RBI, 380 runs scored, 49 stolen bases, and 268 walks. He has a career 14.4 WAR and has a fielding percentage of .976 at second base, having 1,809 chances and committing only 44 errors in 3,970.2 innings there.


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