Bryan Reynolds Trade Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays are Showing Interest

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.

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.

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joesolo6181

Last year at this time the Pirates were asking for Julio Rod to make a trade for Reynolds. If they trade him for less than you know they don’t care about trying to win.

SouthernBuc

They asked for JRod, doesn’t mean they thought it would happen or was realistic. Ask for the moon and negotiate down. I’m assuming that was a really brief conversation if that was all that occurred.

Cobra

Seems like Cherrington often uses Morosi & Jays to try to drive up cost of trade chips. If I can see through this I’m sure the Yankees can too

leefieux

Trade him to Phils for Harper and Turner. That’d be Ben Harper and Tina Turner!

Cocktailsfor2

The only problem with this is that Tina doesn’t go on the road any more, so only available for home games…

leefieux

Steve B,ass didn’t go on the road his last couple of years. I can live with it.

emjayinTN

Reynolds with 12.5 fWAR in 3+ years, 3 years of control remaining, paying him only $6.75 mil in 2023, and we think the No. 33 on the MLB Top 100 Prospects (Tiedemann), who will pitch at AA in 2023, is what we want as the major piece of a return?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Yes

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Fully, I’d like Danny Jansen, Orelvis Martinez, and Ricky Tiedemann

AdministrativeSky236

Then flip hank or keep hank? I proposed barriera instead of martinez as i think he had a huge amount of swing and miss last year but I like this framework

SouthernBuc

Personally I would want to flip any catcher they got in a trade and for now take the risk on Endy and then Hank being ready. In the theory of build from within, catcher right now seems like one of the higher likelihoods of success. Let’s supplement elsewhere and see how it plays out.

b mcferren

str8 up for alek manoah sounds good to me

emjayinTN

That sounds a lot closer to the reality of these two players – Manoah and Reynolds. However, looking at the ages of the Jays SP’s Gausman 31, Stripling 32, Berrios 28, Manoah 24, it becomes clear that Manoah is not going anywhere.

b mcferren

they could easily sign Rodon to supplement

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

Can’t go three deep at catcher when there are so many holes all across the roster and Reynolds is our last best trade chip, imo. Jays would likely need to trade Moreno for ‘spects and _then_ make a deal for Reynolds or do a 3 team trade.

James_Robert5

Who are the three catchers?

Davis will be no more than a part-time catcher in the MLB

postal911

With the Pirates not really having long term prospects for 1b/dh, having 3 catchers is really not a big deal as long as they can hit. Plus if they do hit, they could probably net a great return in trade since there aren’t too many catchers in mlb that can hit.

AdministrativeSky236

Or we dangle hank to another team

AdministrativeSky236

A quick stroll through BTV gives me two top packages of either Jansen, tiedemann, and barriera or tiedemann, barriera, martinez, toman, and zululeta. The first package would be in play if we believed jansen to be a good mentor for endy with two years of control and if we believe hank could net us further upside without the need for an additional catcher. The second package is basically just raiding their farm system for their top 5 prospects save for moreno. Could also do moreno for reynolds basically straight up, but I dont think that makes a ton of sense for either side

SouthernBuc

Jansen and Tiedemann (plus something else) for Reynolds, flip Jansen to Marlins who want to upgrade at catcher. Bucs get old friend Stallings (really has little trade value but can mentor) and a top line pitcher – Meyer? Using BTV that is still a tad light coming back so add in maybe Eder from the Marlins and Zulueta from the Jays. BTV rejected it although with all of the above each team comes out close to even value with Marlins getting a another small piece from Jays.

Bucs end up with short term mentor at C, 2 top line pitchers close to the majors and 2 other good pitching prospects further away.

Last edited 2 months ago by SouthernBuc
PirateRican21

This might work.

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skliesen

Why do we want a Catcher when we have Endy in AAA?

JRIcentral

I would do that trade for Sure!
Even though Catcher is not a long-term need, we could take two roads with Kirk:
1- Let him be our starting catcher until Endy comes up, and flip Kirk at the deadline or next year (if he has a similar performance as 2022, there will be plenty of interest for 3 years of Kirk). OR:
2- Trade him right now for a Starter to a team with a bigger Catching need. I´m thinking Marlins for Rogers…
Good value for Sure! Tiedeman… Wow
Of course, we still have to look for an OF to replace Reynolds…

PirateRican21

He’s a good hitter, catcher or not, so they could split time between catching and DH.

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

I was thinking something like this is the only way the Jays worked

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PirateRican21

Yeah, that’s the first comment I made; migth need another team to pull off.

Last edited 2 months ago by PirateRican21
tmcgowan

Part of me gets scared with 1 prospect returns…

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

Walker’s #6 in all of MLB. About the best you could do and I know lots of folks are skeptical the Cards would trade him at all.

tmcgowan

I don’t disagree with you and think its probably more than fair value. Just said I get scared (in probably an irrational way). I don’t know how industry gets so wrong on some guys. Just in the last 5 years, top 10 prospect busts: Victor Robles, Nick Senzel, Forrest Whitley, Carter Kieboom, Jo Adell, Christian Pache

All are guys I clamored for, and glad now for un-answered wishes.

bianco599

Didn’t mean to down vote you. I’m with you. Said it a while ago. The Freddy Sanchez for Tim Alderson deal still haunts me every deadline

Last edited 2 months ago by bianco599
timbre21

Cardinals may do that deal without blue Jays involved

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

The alternative with the Blue Jays is volume

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AdministrativeSky236

Personally i like the volume approach

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

There’s three top 100 (FG) guys in there and a lot of pitching. Someone who could possibly push Hayes of 3B, too.

bianco599

Where would Hayes go? Just wondering where his next position would be?

AdministrativeSky236

Honestly hed probably be a solid defender anywhere in the IF

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

His bat would work in AA

PirateRican21

Prospect wise they don’t seem to be a good match, this is one of the team that might need another team to pull off a deal.

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