With most of the major free agents off the board this offseason, many MLB teams are turning to the trade market in hopes of improving their rosters. For teams looking to upgrade their lineup, there may be no bigger known trade candidate than Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
Reynolds is a very talented player, entering his prime that hits for both power and average, plays good defense, and perhaps most importantly, still has three years of team control left on his contract.
For these reasons, among others, contending teams around the league are showing interest, especially after the 27-year-old outfielder requested a trade. The Yankees have been at the forefront of the rumors, but the Rangers, Dodgers, Mariners, and even the Marlins have also been named.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers do hold one advantage over the Yankees in the sweepstakes and it comes in the form of their farm system.
While the Pirates asking price might be deemed too high now for a deal to happen, things could change by the summer trade deadline and that's when the Rangers' advantage in prospect rankings would come into play. Rosenthal notes:
"He still would be available to teams for three pennant races, and by that point the Pirates could get the freshest possible read on the upper-level prospects they might want to acquire.The Dodgers ranked second in Baseball America’s midseason organization talent rankings. The Rangers were sixth, the Yankees 17th, the Marlins 20th and the Mariners 22nd."- Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic
The Yankees farm system is considered middle of the road and somewhat top heavy, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been very reluctant to trade any of his coveted top-five prospects, who all could be Major League ready in this season or next.
The Rangers, seemingly much more willing to put themselves in win-now mode through spending or trades, could take advantage of this. Like the Yankees, the Rangers also need a left fielder and Reynolds would slot into their lineup perfectly.
The Reynolds sweepstakes have been hot and cold depending on the day, but for now, we know the Rangers do have a leg up on the Yankees in one area.
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