The two sides agreed upon on a two-year deal that covers the 2022 and 2023 seasons to avoid arbitration.
Reynolds will not be a free agent until the end of the 2025 season.
According to a Pirates insider, there were several other options discussed about how to go about extending Reynolds’ contract.
There were different structures and possibilities for how a new deal could play out.
But as of now, the two sides have settled on this two-year deal which helps the Pirates avoid arbitration with their star center fielder.
Per source, Pirates have discussed several contract possibilities/structures with Reynolds. This is where the two sides have settled, for now.
— RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) April 14, 2022
Different Contract Possibilities
It’s interesting that there were multiple options discussed with this deal.
It is unknown as of now what those options were and how they would have played out if they were agreed upon.
All that is known now is that there were multiple options discussed and that this is where the two parties have landed at this point.
Reynolds’ .302 average in 2021 was the seventh best in the National League.
In addition to that, the switch-hitting outfielder went deep 24 times and put together a 90-RBI season.
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2016 draft, Reynolds came to Pittsburgh in the deal that sent Andrew McCutchen back to San Francisco.
Reynolds made his big-league debut in April of 2019.
His .390 on-base Percentage ranked fourth in the National League in 2021.
Reynolds is hitting .227 with one home run to start off the 2022 campaign.
He also has a career OPS of .854.
We’ll see if Reynolds ends up sticking around in Pittsburgh.
Barring a trade, he’ll be there until after the 2025 season.