Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds has requested a trade, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
There isn’t any indication as to why Reynolds has requested a trade at this time. Back in August, Reynolds joked that he told the Pirates not to move him ahead of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline…
“I want to stay here,” Reynolds said. “I haven’t hidden it, so hopefully that’s the plan.”
Anyway, things change, and here we are now.
Reynolds, a switch-hitting outfielder, fits the profile of the type of player the Blue Jays would like to add to diversify their lineup this off-season. Following the trade of Teoscar Hernandez back in November, the Blue Jays have a hole in their outfield and in the middle of their lineup and the assumption has always been that they’d add a lefty or switch hitter to fill it.
Originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Reynolds was the main prospect that came back to Pittsburgh when the Pirates traded star outfielder Andrew McCutchen out west back in 2018.
Reynolds broke into the big leagues in 2019 with an impressive rookie season in which he slashed a .314/.377/.503 line over 546 plate appearances. His production took a step back in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season but Reynolds has since rebounded to All-Star-calibre production, as he slashed a .283/.368/.492 line over 1260 plate appearances between 2021 and 2022.
Bryan Reynolds with his third homer of the game!!! pic.twitter.com/n5gzkoT2m2
— MLB (@MLB) June 29, 2022
Now heading into the second season of a two-year contract worth $6.75 million per year that was signed back in April, Reynolds has …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation