MLB Rumors: Pirates Haven't Had Extension Talks With Star

According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bryan Reynolds did not begin extension talks with each other before the lockout began. 

Reynolds is emerging into a star for the Pirates, and his 2021 campaign showed that effectively. In 159 games with the team, he had 24 home runs, 90 RBIs, and a .302 batting average. This great mix of contact and power made him a threat at the plate in more ways than one. With that, he also was named to his first-ever All-Star Game. This shouldn't be his last one, either. 

Reynolds' name has come up in the rumor mill since last season's trade deadline, but a deal never occurred. Understandably, so many teams have expressed interest in him, as he is not only very good, but he also is under team control until the end of the 2025 season. The Pirates do not need to rush a trade at all, but his trade value is at its highest right now, too.

It will be interesting to see if the Pirates begin discussing a long-term extension with the star outfielder once the lockout is lifted. He is the kind of player to build around, but at the end of the day, that will be Pittsburgh's decision. 

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