The MLB Winter Meetings began today, and as you’d expect after the Bryan Reynolds trade request being made public, there are teams attached to the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. The New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves have all been mentioned as interested.
Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette says that the Yankees are “very much” in the Bryan Reynolds trade talks.
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post says that the Rockies like Reynolds. Saunders points out that a lot of teams would be in on Reynolds.
Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic hears that the Braves might make an under-the-radar push.
The Braves and Yankees have previously been linked to Reynolds when his name has been mentioned on the trade market. The Rockies are a new team, and I can only imagine what other new teams are inquiring about him with the recent news.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote why the Pirates should trade Reynolds, and it’s hard to argue with what he says. He also has the note that another team made an identical one-year offer to what Kyle Gibson accepted from the Orioles. While we don’t know if that came from the Pirates, we do know the Pirates were interested. Gibson cited the catching situation and infield defense in Baltimore — two areas where the Pirates are still building. The Orioles are superior defensively, even if the Pirates upgrade. Assuming Gibson is on a one-year deal, it makes sense for him to go to Baltimore, who are at least a year ahead of the Pirates in this process.
We’ll be keeping track of all Pirates rumors this week during the Winter Meetings.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.