The Pittsburgh Pirates Front Office is in quite the situation with their star outfielder. There are at least 5 teams who want to acquire him.
Earlier this offseason a somewhat bombshell was dropped on fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds requested a trade. This came in December when it was also reported that the two sides were far apart on an extension.
Here we are about a month later and things have not changed for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It came out today that the team apparently offered him an extension covering 6 years and "above" $75 million. In the same report, posted by Jon Heyman, it is said that Reynolds is looking for a number closer to $170 million over 8 years.
The annual average salary has a difference of about $10 million a year. If this is truly the case then there are a couple of things to consider. Will the two sides find a common ground? It appears that ship has sailed, at least in terms of extension talks. The other of course will be to just trade him now.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, that could be getting more and more likely. In his most recent report, Rosenthal mentions that there are at least 5 teams in on the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. On the list are the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Marlins, and Mariners.
Here is some of the info from Rosenthal: "A trade for the Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds and the signing of a free agent such as A.J. Pollock or David Peralta are among the possibilities the Rangers are considering, according to major-league sources. The Yankees, Dodgers, Mariners, and Marlins are among the other clubs interested in Reynolds..."
This should come as no surprise. All of the teams mentioned above make a lot of sense. For the Mariners, Reynolds could be that final piece to take them from a contender to a legitimate playoff team. The question is whether or not the Mariners are prepared to give up what is left of their farm system.
The Marlins could be the best team to deal with for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team from Miami is desperately looking to add productive, but not overly expensive offense. Meanwhile, they have plenty of pitching to build a package around.
The Rangers make a lot of sense as the team needs an outfielder. The Rangers have been more aggressive in terms of adding right-now impact talent over the last two offseasons. They have signed a lot of players including Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Andrew Heany, Nathan Eovaldi, and of course Jacob DeGrom. Is it their time to make a splash trade instead?
The Yankees and Dodgers should come as no surprise. The two mega-spenders have been relatively tamed this offseason, outside of the Yankees resigning Judge. Both the Dodgers and Yankees are always weary of the Luxury Tax. Reynolds would give them a cheap addition to help keep their payroll down. Both also have a lot of intriguing prospects to offer up.
It will be interesting to see if any other teams end up in the Bryan Reynolds sweepstakes. Reynolds is one the best outfielders in the National League so there will no doubt be plenty of interest across the League. Who will end up landing Reynolds seems like the only question now.