3 trade targets from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds would be a good fit for the Colorado Rockies
Despite playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who only won 61 games in 2021, outfielder Bryan Reynolds was one of the best players in baseball and he would fill a few needs for the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies have said that they believe that they need an outfielder (and they definitely do) but they also need a power bat in their lineup. If his 2021 season is any indication, Reynolds is just that.
In 2021, Reynolds, who turns 27 later this month, played in 159 games and he had 35 doubles, an MLB leading eight triples, 24 homers, and 90 RBI. He had a slash line of .302/.390/.522, an OPS+ of 146, a 6.0 rWAR, was an All-Star, and came in 11th in NL MVP voting.
He struggled in 2020 (71 OPS+, 0.5 rWAR) but in 2019, he played in 134 games as a rookie and he hit .314/.377/.503 with 37 doubles, four triples, 16 homers, 68 RBI, an OPS+ of 130, and an rWAR of 4.2.
Reynolds isn’t even eligible for arbitration yet so he would be relatively cheap and the Rockies would have three to four years of control, depending on the outcome of the CBA. But with that controllability, he will cost a lot in a trade.
The Rockies will be far from the only team that will be (or should be) involved in a trade for him as this offseason and at the trade deadline, there were already multiple teams angling for him.
Reynolds also went to Vanderbilt University and while he was there, he was teammates with Rockies relievers Ben Bowden and Jordan Sheffield.