Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds sent shockwaves through the baseball world when news broke that he had officially requested a trade away from the Pirates. Considered the team's best player and a building block to any success the franchise hopes to find in the near future, Reynolds now publicly wants no part of that.
The Pirates have said they have no interest in trading Reynolds, as the star outfielder has been at the center of discussions for the last couple of seasons, but Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic outlined the reasons why the Pirates should be honoring Reynolds' request.
Bryan Reynolds Trade Request
Rosenthal points to the Pirates' inability to agree on an extension with Reynolds. He also notes the team, even if they do come to a contract agreement, won't spend enough around him to make the team a true contender. Reynolds' value may also never be higher. Despite coming off a down season, the outfield market is thin this season, and Reynolds may represent the best overall combination of youth, team control, value, and skill set of anyone available in free agency or by trade.
Sure, there will be plenty of bidders on Reynolds, especially by big market teams needing outfield help, like the Yankees, who have been checking in on Reynolds for a couple of years now.
Pittsburgh could net a pretty big haul for the star center fielder and it needs to seize the opportunity. Reynolds slashed .302/.390/.522 in 2021, but those numbers dipped to .262/.345/.461 in 2022. Still, the desire to trade for him remains strong.
With the Winter Meetings happening right now, the timing of this request by Reynolds was certainly calculated and it may serve both Pittsburgh and Reynolds best. It's a situation to monitor as a trade could come sooner than we think, regardless of what the Pirates say publicly.
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