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The San Diego Padres have expressed interest in trading for Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
MLB‘s big-league Triple-A team is once again in the news regarding the availability of one of its best players. Reynolds is 27 years old and is coming off his first All-Star nod for the Buccos. While the former Vanderbilt star will not be hitting free agency until 2026, that is not stopping a playoff-viable team like the Padres to inquire on his availability. This never seems to end for Pittsburgh.
USA TODAY Sports Bob Nightengale mentions the Padres’ abundance of pitching depth (Chris Paddack, Ryan Weathers, etc.) could be appealing to a team like the Pirates.
Of course, Dejan Kovacevic pours a bucket of water on the Pirates making Reynolds available.
MLB trade rumors: Padres inquiring on Pirates OF Bryan Reynolds
This has to be beyond frustrating for Pirates fans. While they had a great deal of on-field success last decade with those teams centered around Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker, Pittsburgh has long been one of the worst-run franchises in professional sports. It took decades for them to make it back to the postseason after Sid Bream’s knees slid and beat out Barry Bonds’ glass arm.
Because the Pirates are so regularly picking high in MLB Amateur Drafts, they typically end up with promising high school prospects like McCutchen or college stars like Reynolds. They come up through the farm system and play for a few years at the big-league level. Once they are about to hit their primes, Pittsburgh cuts bait and continues forward on its never-ending rebuilding process.
If there was any team in baseball that epitomizes why there needs to be a salary floor, just look at Pittsburgh. This is a proud sports town, but the Pirates make Yinzers long for the fall as soon as the Penguins’ run at Lord Stanley’s Cup ends. It is as if Pirates ownership is begging for Pittsburgh natives like Mark Cuban or Pat McAfee to say enough is enough and buy this moribund franchise.
Reynolds may be a Pirate for now, but there is no way he finishes his MLB career in Pittsburgh.