MLB Rumors: Yankees Among Potential Landing Spots For Bryan Reynolds

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Ernesto Cova

Long before the MLB season started, most insiders thought it was just a matter of time before the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away Bryan Reynolds.

They hadn't reached an agreement on a new contract and looked like a prime trade candidate, and not even signing a two-year extension was enough to appease the rumors. Eventually, however, he stood pat.

He Was A Coveted Player

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But that doesn't mean things can't change in the offseason. The Pirates fielded multiple calls about their star Center Fielder and those talks could reignite in the winter:

"Reynolds is under team control through the 2025 season, but the Pirates' center fielder generated interest from multiple teams ahead of the deadline," wrote Bleacher Report's Brandon Scott.

Pirates Want Him For The Long Run

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Still, the Pirates could only consider moving him for an elite set of assets. He's on a team-friendly deal and is just 27 years old, so whoever wants him will have to meet a steep price:

"There hasn’t been much expectation that Pittsburgh would actually move Reynolds elsewhere before August 2, since while Reynolds has been a fixture in trade rumors for over a year now, the Bucs are known to have a gigantic asking price in any deal," reported MLB Trade Rumors. "Between Reynolds’ ability and his team control (arbitration-eligible through the 2025 season), it isn’t surprising that the Pirates would need a ton to deal away a player who might still a factor once the Bucs start to focus on winning."

Yankees, Marlins Called About Him

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The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins were interested in trading for him, and they could still make a run at him in the off-season, even if the Yankees landed Harrison Bader:

"The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins called about Reynolds, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden," added Scott. "While there is no immediate rush to trade Reynolds, it's reasonable to think a more intriguing package would make this worthwhile for Pittsburgh."

He's A Budding Star

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Reynolds is one of the best CF in the game right now, and he won't want to waste his prime years on a rebuilding, ever-struggling team:

"Reynolds has an OPS of .800, slashing .259/.345/.455. He ranks 14th among center fielders in WAR. Defensively, Reynolds ranks sixth in outs above average at his position," Scott added. "At age 27, Reynolds is young enough to be part of the Pirates' future, but contending teams will continue to eye the All-Star center fielder."

So, will he join a World Series contender next season? That's anybody's guess.

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