To get something, you have to be willing to give something.
But just how much is New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman willing to surrender in a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds?
The Athletic spitballed several trade scenarios, including a couple involving the Yankees.
Here are the conclusions reached by former MLB general manager Jim Bowden.
The Yankees wouldn’t even consider trading (Oswald) Peraza straight-up for Reynolds. Peraza is their long-term solution at shortstop, where he’ll partner with the second baseman Anthony Volpe. I do think a package of Pereira and right-handers Will Warren and Clark Schmidt is something the Yankees would at least consider, however, I’m not sure that would be enough for the Pirates. The deal I like best between these teams is outfielder Jason Domínguez and Warren for Reynolds. … But if you prefer Clayton Beeter and Yoendrys Gómez over Warren, I think the Yankees would give that serious consideration, too.
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In his latest mailbag, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey reached the following conclusions regarding Reynolds’ future:
1. Reynolds will be traded … and probably before the 2023 season is finished.
2. The majority of people I’ve spoken with would be surprised if he winds up playing at all for the Pirates in 2023.
So who would be in the mix for the All-Star outfielder, who requested a ticket out of the Steel City? Mackey reports “Among the suitors, I’m most intrigued by the Dodgers, Rangers and Guardians for what Reynolds could potentially bring back. Blue Jays and Yankees make plenty of sense, too.”
Of course the Yankees make sense. They still have a hole to fill in the outfield after Andrew Benintendi signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
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Sure, Cashman has been busy lately with some low-risk moves in the outfield, signing Rafael Ortega, Willie Calhoun and Billy McKinney as reclamation projects.
But none compares to the 27-year-old Reynolds, who hit a career-high 27 home runs in 2022. According to Spotrac, he’s on the books for $6.75 million in 2023 and won’t be a free agent until after the 2025 season .
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