According to a report from Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, the Pirates have rejected “tempting” trade offers on both Bryan Reynolds and David Bednar as the trade deadline looms.
Both Reynolds and Bednar are attractive to contending clubs for a variety of reasons. For starters, both players are performing well. Bednar was named the Pirates All-Star selection on Sunday. Through 34 games this season, Bednar has a 2.63 ERA and a nearly identical 2.64 FIP. He’s racked up 55 strikeouts en route to 15 saves so far on the year.
Reynolds, an All-Star in 2021 for the Bucs, is looking much more like that caliber player after a sluggish start to begin the season. In 83 games on the season, Reynolds is slashing .261/.343/.465 (126 wRC+) with 15 homeruns.
Another appealing element for both players is that they are under team control for a number of seasons. The Pirates have control over Bednar through the 2026 season and have Reynolds in the fold through 2025. The Bucs and Reynolds agreed to a two-year extension at the beginning of the season, leaving Reynolds with two arbitration years left after the 2023 season concludes.
Of course, the club control incentivizes the Pirates to hang onto both players to be part of the mix for the next window of contention following a lengthy rebuild.
It’s not surprising to see Reynolds’ name again floating around as the trade deadline draws closer. Reynolds has been the subject of trade speculation dating back to at least last year’s trade deadline. Bednar, while not as often mentioned in trade buzz, is a logical candidate now with his strong performance and contenders looking for bullpen help this time of year.
The Pirates don’t seem likely, or even motivated to move either player. It would have to take an overwhelming offer for Ben Cherington to pull the trigger on what would be a blockbuster deal.
The Pirates will keep the phone lines open with just about three weeks to go until the trade deadline on Aug. 2, and teams will keep calling the Bucs about both Reynolds and Bednar up until the very last minute.
The Pirates will surely be fielding calls on a number of their other players as well, including Jose Quintana, Daniel Vogelbach, Ben Gamel and a handful of others.