Bryan Reynolds

Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Bryan Reynolds has apparently had enough of the team’s annual “rebuilding for the future” motto, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday that Reynolds has asked the Pirates to trade him.

Well, the Pirates quickly issued a statement following news of the 27-year-old’s request. The organization called the news “disappointing,” (via the Post-Gazette) but added that it will have “zero impact on [their] decision making in this offseason or in the future.”

Reynolds is under team control through the 2025 season. So, reading between the lines, it appears Reynolds may be stuck in Pittsburgh for now.

A 2021 All-Star who hit 27 home runs with an OPS+ of 126 last season, Reynolds has been the one constant bright spot for the Pirates as they lost 100 or more games the past two seasons. He found himself in several trade rumors before the trade deadline last season, with the New York Yankees among the teams reportedly most interested in him.

But the Bucs did not make a deal. Reynolds is widely viewed as one of the cornerstones of the team’s rebuilding effort, but if he’s unhappy, that’s an awkward situation.

The New York Post‘s Jon Heyman reported that, if the Pirates have a change of heart, the Yankees, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Rays could use Reynolds.

Baseball fans reacted with mixed feelings to the report of the team denying Reynolds’ trade request. Pirates fans, who have watched one star after another traded away in recent years in return for prospects, have long wondered when that practice will end. Perhaps the Pirates are drawing the line at Reynolds.

[Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

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