While rumors may swirl around center fielder Bryan Reynolds again this offseason, according to Jon Morosi the Pittsburgh Pirates are not expected to trade him
Trade rumors have been the norm for the Pittsburgh Pirates in recent years. That does come with the territory of being a struggling team that is in the midst of a rebuild after all. Although he has not been traded, few Pirate players have been involved in more trade chatter than center fielder Bryan Reynolds.
The Reynolds trade rumors do not come as a surprise. He is one of the best center fielders in all of baseball. However, with Reynolds remaining under team control through the 2025 season the Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to budge on trading Reynolds.
While Reynolds trade rumors will undoubtedly be flying again this offseason, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, buss coming out of this week’s general manager meetings is that Reynolds is unlikely to be traded this offseason.
It is good to see that not only do the Pirates appear unlikely to trade Renyolds this offseason, but Ben Cherington also intends to have the team competing sooner rather than later.
Reynolds is coming off a down year. Despite it being a down year for his standard, Reynolds still hit for a .262/.345/.461 slash line, a 125 wRC+, 126 OPS+, and a career high 27 home runs. The fact this was considered a down year just goes to show how good of a hitter the 2021 National League All-Star starter in center field is.
Hopefully the Pirates not only hold on to Reynolds this offseason, but look to reach a long-term extension with him. Signing Reynolds to a six or seven year contract would keep him in Pittsburgh through the prime of his career and it is something that Reynolds has expressed interest in.
Next season, Reynolds should once again be a key cog in the Pirate lineup. Reynolds and Oneil Cruz will be the two hitters that Derek Shelton will lean on the most when filling out his lineup card each night.