Pirates Get Terrible News on Bryan Reynolds Contract Talks

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Pittsburgh Pirates received terrible news around Bryan Reynolds contract talks.
The Pittsburgh Pirates received terrible news around Bryan Reynolds contract talks. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In just his first eligible season, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Bryan Reynolds is heading to an arbitration hearing. This is nothing new for the Pirates, who are considered a “file and trial” and commonly opt for arbiter hearings as opposed to negotiations with a player.

Pittsburgh's lack of a long-term plan for their rising star is what makes this news especially troubling. According to Reynolds, discussions of a long-term contract extensions were not mentioned once during the initial arbitration talks between his agent and the club.

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Reynolds was by far the best player on Pittsburgh's 61-win team last year. He finished the All-Star campaign with a .302/.390/.522 slash line along with a league-leading eight triples, and 24 home runs, 90 RBIs and 35 doubles. Not even to mention he finished as a Gold Glove finalist in center field.

This arbitration hearing will not influence Pittsburgh's short-term future with Reynolds, who remains under team control until 2025. There's still a distinct possibility the two sides could reach a contract extension before then, but Pittsburgh has been known to operate on an extremely tight budget.

Reynolds even expressed his interest in staying with the team long-term. But, the lack of these discussions and his clear talent on the diamond is a perplexing situation for Pirates fans.

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