Insider: 2 Contenders Still Involved in Bryan Reynolds Talks

Bryan Reynolds is still a Pittsburgh Pirate. But it isn't for lack of trying by at least two American League contending teams. According to MLB Network Insider and former MLB GM Jim Bowden, the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are still pushing the Pirates, trying for a deal. 

The Yankees are still involved in that thing. Seattle is still involved in that thing. (But) the asking price is beyond ridiculous. I was told 'the Juan Soto return', which is not going to happen. 

I don't see any momentum to a deal, but the Yankees and Mariners are still grinding.

Reynolds asked for a trade earlier this offseason, which, of course, hurt the Pirates' chances of dealing him, as they lose leverage with other teams knowing the situation. And with three more years of team control, there's certainly no guarantee that the Bucs move him anytime soon. 

"The Pirates don't have to trade him," adds Bowden, "but if someone wants to overwhelm them, would they move him? Sure. But more likely, the July trade deadline or next offseason, yeah, probably, more than now."

Reynolds turned 28 today, and has had a couple of star-studded seasons for the Pirates. He made the All-Star team in 2021, hitting .302 with a .912 OPS while hitting 24 HR and 92 RBIs. And he followed that up last year with a career-high 27 dingers. 

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