Yankees Rumors: NYY 'Very Much' in on Bryan Reynolds After Pirates OF's Trade Request

Erin WalshDecember 5, 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates slides but misses the ball off the bat of Jose Trevino #39 of the New York Yankees that scores Harrison Bader #22 during the 5th inning of the game at Yankee Stadium on September 20, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees are "very much" in on Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds, per Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mackey reported Saturday that Reynolds had requested a trade from the Pirates. MLB Network's Jon Heyman added that contract extension negotiations between the two sides had reached an "impasse," resulting in the trade request.

The Pirates released the following statement on Reynold's request, per MLB.com's Justice delos Santos:

"While it is disappointing, this will have zero impact on our decision-making this offseason or in the future. Our goal is to improve the Pirates for 2023 and beyond. With three years until he hits free agency, Bryan remains a key member of our team. We look forward to him having a great season for the Pirates."

Reynolds is not due to become an unrestricted free agent until 2026, so there's no desperation from the Pirates to move him. However, if they are overwhelmed by an offer, he could be on the move.

Reynold's trade request is somewhat of a surprise after he told reporters in October that he was looking forward to growing with a young Pittsburgh team.

"It's fun to have a consistent group that you're playing with," Reynolds said, per delos Santos. "Like I was saying with all the young guys, I think the future's bright, so obviously I'm looking forward to next year and the years after that. I think we're going to get better."

The 27-year-old has spent the first four years of his MLB career in Pittsburgh, bursting onto the scene in 2019 when he finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

During the 2022 campaign, Reynolds slashed .262/.345/.461 with 27 home runs, 62 RBI and seven stolen bases in 145 games. His best season came in 2021, when he hit .302/.390/.522 with 24 home runs, 90 RBI and five stolen bases in 159 games en route to his first-ever All-Star Game selection.

If the Yankees were to acquire Reynolds, he would take over in center field for Harrison Bader. However, he could also be a fallback plan for the club if it fails to re-sign superstar outfielder Aaron Judge this winter.

It's unclear what it would take for the Yankees—or any team—to acquire Reynolds. However, it would likely take at least multiple top prospects.