The Pirates and their star outfielder agreed on a two-year contract to avoid arbitration.
Reynolds is Super 2 eligible and will not reach free agency until after the 2025 season, as reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The deal will cover the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Center fielder Bryan Reynolds and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a two-year contract to avoid arbitration, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. Reynolds, 27, is Super 2 eligible and thus won’t reach free agency until after the 2025 season. Deal covers 2022-23.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 14, 2022
The switch-hitting outfielder hit .302 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs in 2021.
His average ranked seventh in the National League.
Reynolds has been with the Pirates ever since coming up through the organization early in the 2019 season.
He was also selected to the All-Star Game last year for the first time.
He ranked seventh in the National League in OPS at .912.
Reynolds Stays In Pittsburgh
The Pirates appear to be locking up their core and figuring out who they are going to build around going forward.
This deal was merely one to avoid arbitration, but Reynolds will be around through at least the 2025 season, barring a trade.
Now, Reynolds and star third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes have been locked up for some time, with Hayes’ recent contract extension being for eight-years, lasting him through the 2029 season with an option for 2030.
This is a good move for the Pirates.
Reynolds gives fans a reason to come to the ballpark each day.
The Pirates have been out of postseason contention since their second-half plunge in 2019 and haven’t come anywhere close ever since, but having Reynolds around gives them another piece to try and build around if they are going to attempt to build a contending ballclub at any point.
We’ll see if he ends up staying in Pittsburgh for the long run or if he will end up being traded.