Should the Miami Marlins completely give up on Bryan Reynolds?

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The Miami Marlins have been aggressively pursuing Bryan Reynolds for quite some time now. It has been such a long pursuit, with so many times when it looked like he might actually get acquired by Kim Ng. It's surprising to finally accept the possibility that it just isn't going to happen. It has now come out that Reynolds is still open to extending his contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all. This along with Pittsburgh's exorbitant asking price for him, seems to end any possibility of The Fish acquiring him.

The Miami Marlins won't be acquiring Bryan Reynolds after-all.

Bryan Reynolds is a career .281/.361/.481 bat who was better in some seasons than others by a pretty wide margin. In 2019, he batted .314/.377/.503 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 134 games and 491 AB. This was a pretty strong debut for the slugger and showed some serious potential for the future as well. In the shortened 2020 season, Reynolds batted .189/.275/.357 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI in 55 games and 185 AB. This was a major step back for Reynolds, but the fact that this was a shortened season with multiple changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many players seemed to have struggled.

In 2021, Bryan Reynolds batted .302/.390/.522 with 24 home runs and 90 RBI in 159 games and 559 AB. It was a great bounceback season for him and earned him 6.0 WAR, the highest of his career so far. He earned 4.2 in 2019 and 0.5 in the shortened 2020 season. In 2022, Bryan batted .262/.345/.461 with 27 home runs and 62 RBI in 145 games and 542 AB, good for 2.9 WAR. The one big knock on Bryan Reynolds is his terrible defense at CF, which earned him an abysmal -1.2 dWAR rating in 2022. He earned a -0.3 rating in 2021 and was just barely passable with a 0.2 dWAR in 2019. He did however earn 0.5 dWAR in 2020.

It appears that Pittsburgh's significant asking price and Bryan Reynolds's intent to stay in Pittsburgh, have closed the door on a trade to the Miami Marlins.

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