You read that right, Bryan Reynolds may be on the move. The Pittsburgh Pirates are listening on offers but the price remains pretty high. The fact is Reynolds will be a free agent in three years, and the two sides can’t agree on an extension beyond that. With the window of contention open for the Miami Marlins, could a trade happen? Let’s see…
Can the Miami Marlins acquire Bryan Reynolds from the Pittsburgh Pirates?
Bryan Reynolds is a pretty good hitter to say the least, he batted .314/.377/.503 in 2019 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 134 games and 491 AB. In the shortened 2020 season, Reynolds struggled to a .189/.275/.357 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI in 55 games and 185 AB. In 2021, he batted .302/.390/.522 with 24 home runs and 90 RBI, in 159 games and 559 AB. In 2022, he batted .262/.345/.461 with 27 home runs and 62 RBI in 145 games and 542 AB.
Defensively it’s been a different story, with his dWAR going from 0.2 in 2019 to 0.5 in 2020, -0.4 in 2021 and finally -1.3 in 2022. He also happened to be the seventh worst CF based on OAA. Is he just not good enough to play CF? He was a LF who was moved to CF due to Pittsburgh having no better options. Some defensive metrics claim that he was solid in 2021 so who knows if he can be an asset defensively in CF going forward. Regardless, Bryan Reynolds is going to be in demand if he is indeed available. While pitching-needy teams will be interested in trading with The Fish, Pittsburgh is too far out from contention to be interested in starting pitching.
What would he cost? Last year Pittsburgh’s demands were so ridiculously high, that no team was willing to trade for him. Specifically, Pittsburgh wanted Max Meyer and Kahlil Watson from the Miami Marlins. Meyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery now and Watson’s no longer a top 100 MLB prospect. It’s safe to say neither would headline this trade now.
Who would Pittsburgh want from us now? Last time it was two top 100 MLB prospects. So I assume that doesn’t change. In fact that seems to be what they expect…
Who is on the list from the Miami Marlins now? Eury Pérez is #10, the aforementioned Meyer is #43 and Jacob Berry is #49. I don’t see any scenario where Pittsburgh trades Reynolds to The Fish without Eury being involved. Reason being that he’s the closest to Meyer’s 2021 ranking (#28). #49 is too low and keep in mind that half the league will likely be in on Reynolds. Berry + is nowhere near enough, when multiple teams can easily beat that. I don’t think that we should do the trade if it involves Eury, as he’s just too valuable.