The Pittsburgh Pirates have been rebuilding for the last few years under new leadership. When should the rebuild end?
Pittsburgh Pirates fans woke up to their first official rumor of the 2021-2022 offseason. The rumor puts into question, when do the Pittsburgh Pirates stop “rebuilding” and start to try and open their window of contention? The Bucs have been very active since Ben Cherington has taken over the Front Office. He traded away plenty of veteran players with contractual control for a lot of different levels of prospects.
Well, it sounds like there are teams who are looking to try and send more prospects the Pittsburgh Pirates way. This past trade deadline was very active for the Bucs, but one name that popped up in rumors that were not moved at the time was Bryan Reynolds. Knowing teams had interest in him at the deadline means it was only obvious that he would gain interest in the offseason as well. According to Jon Morosi, that is already happening:
This should come as no surprise. The Mariners are projected to be one of the most active teams on the market this Winter. Also, they were one of the teams that were making a push for Reynolds at the deadline. The Yankees really come as no surprise as well. They are always looking to add better talent, and especially if that talent comes with cheaper control (for luxury tax purposes).
Yesterday, I wrote a piece on how we should expect to hear plenty of rumors about outfielder Bryan Reynolds. Unfortunately, this is a rumor that fans of the Pirates will not want to see. If the team trades away Reynolds then who is actually a part of this team’s core moving forward? It is very interesting to see rumors pop up this early about Reynolds. This could make for a very interesting next couple of weeks to see if there is any actual traction gained. Hopefully not.