Pittsburgh Pirates are not trading Bryan Reynolds yet

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) slides into third after hitting an RBI triple in the third inning of the MLB baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) slides into third after hitting an RBI triple in the third inning of the MLB baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates /
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Another day, another Bryan Reynolds trade rumor. This time, the San Diego Padres are the team reportedly lighting up the Pittsburgh Pirates phone lines in an attempt to pry away their All Star outfielder. It make sense that teams would be making the call; after all, the Pirates are not anywhere close to coming out of their rebuilding process.

Although the Pirates have been adamant that they are not trading Reynolds, at least to this point, that is not going to stop teams from inquiring. The Padres do have the pitching depth and plenty of catchers to potentially move, something that is clear as Chris Paddack and Ryan Weathers are names that have been mentioned previously.

Pittsburgh Pirates not ready to move Bryan Reynolds

But the question remains – why would the Pirates move on from Reynolds now? He is just entering his prime and is under team control for the next four years. At some point, the Pirates are going to need to identify their future core if they are ever to emerge from the rebuild and contend again.

Part of that involves holding on to players that can make a difference. Reynolds is exactly that type of player – a solid all around player who can be a key piece in the middle of the lineup. He is a potential catalyst, someone whose power and ability to get on base are sorely needed.

As such, it makes sense that the Pirates would be looking to extend Reynolds. While nothing has come from those talks yet, they still have plenty of time to get a deal done. If that is unable to happen, then it will be time to consider trading him to help find pieces of that future core.

That is something to consider down the line. With four years of team control left, it does not make sense for the Pirates to move on from Reynolds, especially if there is some hope that he could stay with the organization for the long term. While a trade could happen, it will not be in the near future.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are getting plenty of offers for Bryan Reynolds. They just do not have any reason to trade him at this point in time.