The Pittsburgh Pirates may or may not be trying to trade outfielder Bryan Reynolds. The two sides had apparently been engaged in extension talks, but things stalled. That has reportedly resulted in Reynolds asking the Pirates to trade him according to a report from Jason Mackey of the Post Gazette on Saturday afternoon.
Reynolds, an All-Star in 2021, has hit .281/.361/.481 in parts of his four big league seasons. He will turn 28-years-old in January and is under contract through the 2025 season.
His contract situation is a good reason why he probably won’t be traded, but it’s also a reason why just about every team in baseball is probably going to reach out to the Pirates to see just how “unavailable” he actually is. A player in what should be his prime years who has been an above-average hitter throughout his career, can play all three outfield spots and is coming off of back-to-back years in which he played center, has all kinds of value.
Cincinnati is at a spot looking towards the 2023 season where they don’t have a single outfielder that they should be penciling into the every day lineup. And while their farm system is strong and very well regarded, it doesn’t have much in terms of outfielders in the upper levels of the minors and many of the top 25 prospects that are outfielders are years away from reaching the big leagues. The Reds need outfielders, they need them today, and they should be trying to acquire them.
Reynolds and the Pirates have a deal in place for the 2023 season that will pay him $6,750,000. As of now he’ll be due arbitration for 2024 and 2025 unless he and the team come to an agreement. For a team that doesn’t seem to be spouting the idea that they’re going to spend money, his contract is incredibly affordable.
So if a player fills a massive need on the team, is asking for a trade, and falls into your “small market” mindset, it makes all of the sense in the world to explore bringing that player in. The Reds farm system is loaded with talent. This could be the time to use some of that to acquire proven big league caliber players.