Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Bryan Reynolds has been attracting commercial interest for the past two years. Could it finally be the time for the Bucs to give it up?
Although the Pirates listened to offers every time, they were never serious about his transfer. They have, and continue to, view Reynolds as a showpiece.
But on Saturday morning, Reynolds informed the Pirates that he wanted to be traded, according to people familiar with the situation. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to report it.
“While this is disappointing, it will have no impact on our decision-making this offseason or in the future,” the Pirates said in a statement. “Our aim is to improve the Pirates for 2023 and beyond. With three years until he reaches free agency, Bryan remains a key member of our team. We can’t wait for him to have a great season for the Pirates. »
Rival teams have always checked on Reynolds, however. But the asking price remains high – « a king’s ransom », said a rival executive – and that further complicates a potential swap. But who could be an interesting business partner? Here are four teams.
Which teams would be interested in a Bryan Reynolds trade?
San Diego Padres
For years, I’ve heard that the Padres love Bryan Reynolds. They have inquired about Reynolds in the past and are expected to do so again, if they haven’t already. But after acquiring Juan Soto and Josh Hader before last season’s trade deadline, rival executives doubt the Padres have a deep enough operating system to acquire Reynolds.
Of course, they have Jackson Merrill, who was praised by scouts following his stellar performance in the Arizona Fall League. But a potential trade with Reynolds could cost a team up to three top prospects and more.
New York Yankees
The Yankees are very interested in Reynolds and, like the Padres, they have already shown an interest in the star outfielder. But they have the prospects — including Anthony Volpe and Jason Dominguez — to get a deal done. They’ve shown no willingness to move either in the past and if that remains the case, it’s hard to imagine Reynolds going to the Bronx.
SportsGrid’s Craig Mish reports that the Marlins « have been and will be very interested » in acquiring Reynolds. They have been looking for an elite center fielder in recent years, and have explored outside options such as Byron Buxton and Cedric Mullins over the past two seasons. They desperately need an offense and acquiring Reynolds, one of baseball’s best young players, would solve their center field problem significantly.
San Francisco Giants
A few years ago, the Giants traded Reynolds to the Pirates in exchange for outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Although McCutchen was a valuable player, the Giants would surely love to get him back. Now is their chance.
Reynolds would improve the Giants defensively, which is high on their agenda, and add a big boost to their lineup, as he’s slammed .281/.361/.481 with 74 home runs since 2019. If they fail to sign Aaron Judge, Reynolds should become one of their top priorities. Especially since they have the financial resources to give Reynolds the long-term contract he is looking for.
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