Former Giants prospect Reynolds calls for Pirates trade for him originally appearing on NBC Sports Bayarea
Could a one-time Giants candidate return to San Francisco next season?
It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility after powerhouse outfielder Bryan Reynolds requested a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
The news was first reported by Post-Gazette Sports’ Jason Mackey, with the New York Post’s Jon Heyman later reporting that the trade request was the result of an “impasse” in extension negotiations between the two. set off.
Shortly after Mackey’s report, the Pirates confirmed Reynold’s trade request in a statement through a team spokesperson.
Reynolds was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft before being dealt to Pittsburgh, along with pitcher Kyle Crick and $500,000 in international bonus money, in 2018 for outfielder Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations.
MLB.com ranked Reynolds as the Pirates’ sixth-best prospect going into the 2018 MLB season after hitting .312 with 10 homers for the San Jose Giants in 2017 and playing in that year’s All-Star Futures Game.
Since making his MLB debut with the Pirates (against the Giants) in 2019, Reynolds has slashed .281/.361/.481 with 74 home runs and was an MLB All-Star in 2021. He has hit 27 home runs during 993 fielding percentage for Pittsburgh in center field after signing a two-year, $13.5 million contract extension before the season began.
As Heyman said, the Giants could certainly use the stellar center fielder. San Francisco is looking to get more solid defensively in center field this offseason, and Reynold’s power at switching shots could provide a jolt to a lineup that desperately needs one.
The Giants continue to chase free-agent slacker Aaron Judge, and the pair could make quite a duo in the grass at Oracle Park. Plus, the two sides have history, even if that history includes San Francisco ultimately trading Reynolds.
But who doesn’t love a moment that comes full circle?
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Still, it’s clear the Pirates view Reynolds as a “key member” of their team moving forward, with their statement giving the impression that the organization is unwilling to trade the 27-year-old.
But if Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi can come up with a business package intriguing enough, Reynolds would definitely be worth a call.
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