It’s the start of another offseason on the heels of a 100-loss season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Naturally, trade buzz will be swirling on a handful of Pirates’ players.
One of those players is outfielder Bryan Reynolds, who again will see his name involved in trade chatter throughout the course of the winter.
Reynolds has had his name attached to a number of teams in the past including the Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and a handful of others.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, it’s unlikely that the Bucs will trade Reynolds this offseason and the club believes they will compete before the 27-year-old hits free agency after 2025.
Reynolds is coming off another season in which he was the Pirates’ most consistent player, mostly manning center field.
In 145 games, Reynolds posted a .262 batting average and an OPS of .807. He slugged a career-high 27 home runs and swiped a career-high seven bags while driving in 62 runs.
For the second straight season, Reynolds was named a Silver Slugger finalist.
While Reynolds again posted a solid season at the plate, it wasn’t quite as good as his exceptional 2021 season, a year in which his finished 11th in the National League MVP race.
Last year, Reynolds hit .302 with a .912 OPS, 24 home runs and 90 RBIs and was named a National League All-Star for the first time.
Even though right now Morosi is reporting that it is unlikely the Bucs deal Reynolds, keep in mind it’s still not a certainty that he will be wearing the black and gold come opening day.
All it takes is one offer to get the Pirates attention and if general manager Ben Cherington gets the value he is looking for, a deal could be completed.
Until then, expect to see Reynolds’ name continue to pop up in potential trade talks during the offseason.
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