According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have approached Joe Musgrove, Bryan Reynolds, Kevin Newman and Ke’Bryan Hayes about contract extensions. Rosenthal also notes that there could be more than just those four players.
Sources: #Pirates have approached at least four players – RHP Joe Musgrove, OF Bryan Reynolds, SS Kevin Newman and 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes – about extensions. Hayes, like #WhiteSox CF Luis Robert, has yet to play in majors, but agreeing to deal might ensure place on Opening Day roster.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 10, 2020
Hayes has yet to play a big league game, so a contract extension at this point could lead to him making the Opening Day roster this year. The team obviously won’t come out and say that, but an extension would open up that possibility.
Reynolds is still under team control for six more years. He fell nine days short of a full year of service time last year. That would make him Super 2 eligible after the 2021 season if he doesn’t sign an extension.
Newman has five full years left before he hits free agency, while Musgrove is the closest to his free agency. The Pirates have him under control for three more seasons.
We will have more on this news later this morning.