The Pittsburgh Pirates are not actively shopping Bryan Reynolds with the trade deadline coming next Tuesday.
However, plenty of teams are calling Pirates general manager Ben Cherington about the 27-year-old center fielder. The New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres have been the teams the hottest after Reynolds, according to multiple baseball sources.
Would the Pirates’ trade Reynolds?
“Maybe,” said an executive from a rival MLB team, who asked for anonymity. “A lot of teams want him. The Pirates are making it clear they aren’t going to move him unless they are bowled over, but it only takes one team to make the right offer.”
It is interesting to contemplate what the Pirates could get for Reynolds. Not only is he an impact player but he is not eligible for free agency until after the 2025 season.
To get an idea of what a trade would look like, we consulted baseballtradevalues.com. The site attempts to put a value on each player while accounting for his contract status.
Some potential Reynolds’ deals validated by the site’s trade simulator can be found below. Not saying they are going to happen or and I would do them but just what the computer said.
New York Yankees
The Pirates would receive three prospects – shortstop Anthony Volpe, outfielder Everson Pereira and right-hander Luis Medina.
The trio is playing at Double-A and Volpe and Pereira are both 21 while Medina is 23, Baseball America ranks Volpe as the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect, Pereira No. 3 and Medina No. 9.
Volpe also stands at No. 16 on BA’s list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.
The Pirates would receive two prospects in right-hander Eury Perez and second baseman Ian Lewis.
There is a lot of projection with both as they are just 19 but the 6-foot-8 Perez is already at Double-A and ranked as the Marlins’ top prospect. Lewis, who is at Low-A level, is No. 9.
BA ranks Perez No. 9 overall and would add a much-needed premium pitching prospect to the Pirates’ farm system.
San Diego Padres
The Pirates would receive shortstop C.J. Abrams off the big league roster and outfield prospect James Wood.
The Padres might be hesitant to trade Abrams, especially with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list. The 21-year-old has a .231/.280/.322 slash line and two homers in 43 games.
Wood, 19, is at the Low-A level.
The Pirates would receive two major leaguers in right-hander Spencer Strider and catcher William Contreras along with three prospects – shortstop Vaughn Grissom and left-handers Kyle Muller and Tucker Davidson.
Strider, 23, is having a fine rookie season with a 5-3 record and 2.91 ERA in 22 games (11 starts) with a 1.021 WHIP and 13.4 K/9. The 24-year-old Contreras was the starting designated hitter for the National League in the All-Star Game last week and is hitting .258/.348/.522 with 11 home runs in 48 games.
Grissom is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in a weak Braves’ farm system and the 21-year-old is at the High-A level. Muller, 24, and Davidson, 26, both have a bit of major league service time and are pitching at Triple-A. Muller is the Braves’ No. 3 prospect and Davidson is No. 9.
The Pirates would receive rookie left-hander Ethan Small off the major league roster and four prospects – outfielder Jackson Chourio, shortstop Brice Turang, second baseman Tyler Black and catcher Jeferson Quero.
Small, 25, has made two starts for the Brewers, going 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA. He is the organization’s No. 9 prospect.
Chourio (1), Turang (3), Black (6) and Quero (8) are also top-10 prospects in a fallow farm system. The 22-year-old Turang is the most advanced of the four as he is playing at Triple-A while Black (22) is at High-A and Chourio (18) and Quero (19) are at Low-A.