The Pittsburgh Pirates front office has been busy over these past week.
There wasn’t really anything done by the team to improve its chances of winning in 2022 or anytime soon, but the past week has seen a little more action than what fans in Pittsburgh are accustomed to.
Last week, prior to their Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Pirates announced that they had reached an agreement with their star third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes on an eight-year contract extension that would last through the 2029 season.
That deal also includes an option for 2030.
Today, the Pirates managed to reach a two-year deal with switch-hitting outfielder Bryan Reynolds to avoid arbitration for the next few years.
Exactly one week ago, at just about this time, Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pirates agreed to an extension.
And today, Bryan Reynolds and the Pirates avoid arbitration with a two-year deal.
Heck of a week, huh?
— Justice delos Santos (@justdelossantos) April 14, 2022
It’s been a busy week or so for the Pirates.
Two of their best players have been locked up for a decent amount of time.
Barring trades, these two players will remain in Pittsburgh for some time.
For Pirates fans, it has to be nice to see the team’s front office making some moves and keeping themselves busy this past week.
It’s not like much is going to happen for them in 2022 and the next few years, or that they’ll make many moves to improve their squad and take a shot at winning for the first time since 2015.
But Reynolds and Hayes are the key pieces in Pittsburgh that they wanted to try and keep around for as long as possible.
For now, both of them are staying for a little while longer, assuming of course that they aren’t ultimately traded.
But if Pittsburgh wants to win, these are the guys to build around.