Detroit Tigers Should Trade for This Second Baseman

Detroit Tigers News and Notes 2/22

The Detroit Tigers will be looking to add this offseason, and there are names out there that could pique their interest. According to Scott Harris, their top priority is pitching as they are trying to replace Eduardo Rodriguez. But what about a bat? Many people say Whit Merrifield would make sense, but what about the second baseman in Cincinnati who could be an excellent fit for the Detroit offense in Jonathan India? The Reds rumored India was available at the trade deadline, but with the Reds still in the playoff chase, they held onto him; now, in the offseason, his name is being floated out again, and what could they use maybe a pitching prospect that the Tigers have some decent ones that could get a trade done, so why not bring India to Detroit if possible.

Jonathan India By The Numbers 

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.


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