Cleveland Indians Trade Target #2: Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates
The odds of the Pittsburgh Pirates moving Bryan Reynolds seems low. He’s only 26-years old and still has four years of arbitration left that could keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2025 season. Yet, despite all that, he’s still being brought up in trade talk. Sure, the Pirates are in a long rebuild, but it’s not so long that Reynolds won’t be part of the plan.
Let’s say that the Twitter-verse is right and Reynolds is available. In that case, Cleveland needs to run to the phones and offer Pittsburgh the farm. Reynolds is the perfect type of target for a team like Cleveland that is looking for players with team control and affordable contracts. Not to mention his numbers are pretty impressive.
An All-Star for Pittsburgh, Reynolds has lined up predominately in center. Like Marte, that would fill the biggest gap of the outfield. He’s also been strong at the plate, batting above .300 with a slash line of .302/.389/.518 with 21 doubles, 17 home runs and 54 RBI. He doesn’t have the speed of Marte with only three stolen bases, but the power is a bit better.
I mentioned breaking the bank on Marte as a rental, but the real candidate to hand over the keys to the kingdom for would be Reynolds. Not only is he showing a ton of potential right now in Pittsburgh, but his remaining team control is nearly unheard of for a productive player at the deadline.