The MLB Winter Meetings began on Sunday, one day after news broke that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds requested a trade. While Jon Heyman has said repeatedly that the Pirates aren’t planning on moving Reynolds, there have been some rumors of teams showing a lot of interest.
The New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves were all mentioned yesterday as showing significant interest. Jon Morosi tweeted out earlier tonight that the Toronto Blue Jays are showing interest.
The #BlueJays are a team to watch in the Bryan Reynolds market. They have interest in him and want to add an athletic switch hitter to their outfield. Based on strong industry interest, Jays would likely need to include Tiedemann or Martínez to have high offer. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 5, 2022
Morosi notes that there is strong industry interest, which means Toronto would need to have a high offer. Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article misinterpreted Morosi’s tweet as the Blue Jays having strong interest.
First, you would assume that all 30 teams are interested in having Reynolds on their team. He’s a quality player under team control for three more seasons. Beyond interest, there won’t be many teams interested in paying the price to acquire him. The two players mentioned in that tweet are the only two top 100 prospects in the Blue Jays system according to MLB Pipeline. If they really have a strong interest in adding Reynolds, that low total of top 100 prospects wouldn’t keep them from making a deal that needs to include one or both of those players to get the trade done.
We will update this post if more rumors surface tonight.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.