The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the best all-around outfielders in Major League Baseball. Because of this, teams will want to make a deal.
One polarizing name that’s future has been discussed for the Pittsburgh Pirates is outfielder Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds has quickly established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in Baseball. He was nominated for a Gold Glove in 2021 and once again posted impressive offensive numbers batting .302 with 24 home runs, which helped lead him to have a six WAR season.
Naturally teams around baseball are always looking for ways to improve their roster in both the near and far term. Reynolds is a perfect player because he can provide production right now and he will only turn 27 this January. This makes him a very intriguing piece for essentially every team in baseball.
At the 2021 Trade Deadline, there were some, albeit not many, rumors about teams wanting Bryan Reynolds and trying to acquire him. Last week it was reported that the two teams that showed the most serious interest in acquiring the All-star were the Miami Marlins and the Seattle Mariners. Obviously, nothing came of those talks, and it was reported that the asking price was very high, as it should have been.
Just because there is a high asking price does not mean teams will stop trying to acquire Reynolds. With four years of team control left he should be a name that teams consider. Of course, as the Pittsburgh Pirates should always do, they need to entertain these calls and see what a return could be. There may be a deal that comes across that simply is too good to pass up.
The report that came out about the Seattle Mariners suggested that the Pittsburgh Pirates asked for their top two prospects in Julio Rodriguez and Noelvi Marte. Both Rodriguez and Marte are ranked as Top 10 prospects in all of baseball. This makes it pretty clear that Ben Cherington expects a king’s ransom in return, as he should.
With the offseason getting underway, the rumors are already starting around baseball. This offseason there should be plenty of rumors surrounding Reynolds, whether it be trade rumors or potential contract extension talks. Still, it is going to take a significant amount of value to even get a trade conversation started.
Enter the Mariners. The Mariners have been in a rebuilding phase over the last few years. They have acquired a lot of prospect talent and know that their prospect talent is starting to reach their big-league roster. According to Jon Morosi, the Mariners know that their window of opportunity is starting to open. Morosi confirms that the Mariners are expected to be of the more active teams and will look into significant deals such as Luis Castillo.
So could the Mariners also circle back to the Pittsburgh Pirates about Bryan Reynolds? Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto is known as one of the most aggressive GMs in the game. Even if Cherington rebuffs any offers, there definitely should be an expectation of a Mariners and Reynolds rumor to eventually come out this offseason.