The MLB season is about to start, but that doesn’t mean the trade rumors will go away.
This time, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres are involved in trade talks and speculation.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the San Diego Padres “have engaged in trade talks this spring with the Pittsburgh #Pirates in an attempt to acquire All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds.”
The San Diego #Padres have engaged in trade talks this spring with the Pittsburgh #Pirates in an attempt to acquire All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds. The Padres have pitching depth, and young pitchers Chris Paddack and Ryan Weathers have been mentioned in discussions.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 31, 2022
Just when we thought the Pirates might finally get to keep a young, talented star and try to make him a part of their future, we find out that they are actually talking to other teams about shipping out Reynolds, their best player.
Fans have to be frustrated about the situation: the Pirates haven’t been competitive in years, and just when they finally develop a top player or two, they trade him because he gets expensive or loses value.
Here are some of the players the Pirates have traded in recent seasons: Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Joe Musgrove, Austin Meadows, Shane Baz, Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Clay Holmes, Adam Frazier, and Jacob Stallings.
There are more: those are the most prominent names.
A Never-Ending Cycle
Sure, the McCutchen trade netted them Reynolds, and the Cole transaction brought them Musgrove, but everyone is flipped when they are nearing free agency.
It’s a never-ending cycle by a cheap franchise that doesn’t want to win.
“Somewhere out there, some Pirates fan who wants you to think he’s smarter than you is saying, ‘Well, this actually is the smart move for the Pirates if they get the right prospects.’ What a never ending cycle,” writer Josh Yohe tweeted.
Somewhere out there, some Pirates fan who wants you to think he’s smarter than you is saying, “Well, this actually is the smart move for the Pirates if they get the right prospects.” What a never ending cycle. https://t.co/Jy1HRuFCzo
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) March 31, 2022
Reynolds has four team control years remaining, so he would be very expensive.
Still, it’s not hard to envision a future scenario in which he is traded within the next two years.
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