Wednesday, May 8

Reynolds, Pirates conform to extension (supply)

PITTSBURGH — When Bryan Reynolds mentioned his offseason commerce request on the primary day of Spring Training — a request that formally misplaced relevancy on Tuesday morning — he emphasised his affinity for the group. He favored the town and the followers. He favored PNC Park. He favored his teammates. Everything.

Now, Reynolds can have the chance to proceed to take pleasure in being a part of the group for years to return.

Reynolds and the Pirates have agreed to an eight-year, $106.75 million contract with a group choice for 2031, a supply informed — the richest deal in franchise historical past. The deal continues to be pending a bodily and the group has but to make an announcement.

The deal, which begins now, making it a seven-year, $100 million extension over his present $6.75 million contract for 2023, features a six-team, no-trade provision and a $2 million signing bonus. The deal features a membership choice for 2031 is price $20 million with a $2 million buyout.

Reynolds, 28, will make $6.75 million in 2023; $10 million in ’24; $12 million in ’25; $14 million in ’26; $15 million from ’27 to ’30; with the $20 million membership choice in opposition to the $2 million buyout for ’31. In whole, Reynolds could make as a lot as $124.75 million.

Last April, Reynolds and the Pirates agreed on a two-year, $13.5 million contract to keep away from arbitraiton. Reynolds, who has Super Two designation, had two years of arbitration remaining in ’24 and ’25, however this extension buys out these seasons. 

This contract extension comes at a time when the Pirates are already the speak of baseball.

The membership is at present 16-7, proudly owning the perfect report within the National League, and have received seven consecutive video games. Reynolds has performed no small half in that success, hitting .294/.319/.553 with 5 dwelling runs in 22 video games. Earlier this month, Reynolds was named the National League’s Player of the Week.

Along with their sizzling begin, normal supervisor Ben Cherington introduced on Saturday that the membership has agreed to an extension with supervisor Derek Shelton past the 2023 season. Upon listening to the information, Reynolds made his affinity for Shelton recognized.

“He’s the right guy to lead us,” Reynolds mentioned. “He was the same guy even though we were losing 100 games a year. There was no panic. There was no personality switch, which can’t be easy. I know that as a player, it’s hard to show up.”

Now, the Pirates maintain the great vibes rolling by locking down Reynolds, considered one of baseball’s finest outfielders over the past a number of years. A one-time All-Star, Reynolds owns a profession .282/.359/.484 slash line with 79 dwelling runs and a 126 wRC+. Since 2019, Reynolds ranks twelfth amongst all outfielders in fWAR (13.0).

This is the second consecutive yr by which the Pirates have signed a participant to a long-term extension. Last April, the Pirates signed third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes to an eight-year, $70 million extension. At the time, Hayes’ deal was the richest in franchise historical past, eclipsing the six-year, $60 million deal that Jason Kendall signed in 2000.

This extension places an finish to a protracted, winding saga that each Reynolds and the Pirates are certainly glad is over.

Reynolds’ title has swirled round in rumors since he was named an All-Star, however issues got here to a head when Reynolds requested a commerce from the group previous to the Winter Meetings. Despite the request, the Pirates clearly didn’t commerce Reynolds throughout the offseason.

On the primary day of Spring Training, Reynolds mentioned the request stemmed from a “difference in opinion” concerning his price. Still, Reynolds remained open to signing an extension, noting that he wished a deal that was truthful for either side. 

“I think I’ve been pretty open over the past few years that my number one would be to sign an extension in Pittsburgh, but I want that to be a fair deal for both sides — not one side or the other,” Reynolds mentioned on Feb. 15. “Not a crazy player [deal], not a crazy team deal. That’s always been my number one.”

Towards the top of Spring Training, Reynolds mentioned that if he and the group had been to agree on an extension, he want to get it carried out by Opening Day, including that his deadline could be “pretty firm.” While Opening Day got here and went with out the 2 events agreeing to a deal, Reynolds and the Pirates got here near agreeing on an extension, however a late request for an opt-out clause after the 2026 season put the deal on maintain.

There had not been any new developments throughout April — Cherington mentioned as just lately as Saturday that there was nothing to report — however in the end, the ballad has reached its conclusion. 

With Reynolds signed, starter Mitch Keller and shortstop Oneil Cruz now stand as the 2 younger gamers the group might look to increase subsequent.

Keller, 27, is constructing on final yr’s breakout season and rising because the group’s ace. This season, Keller owns a 3.64 ERA with 30 strikeouts throughout 29 2/3 innings and has thrown 4 consecutive high quality begins.

Cruz, 24, is at present recovering after fracturing his left fibula with an damage to the syndesmosis and is anticipated to return to play in about 4 months. The shortstop has displayed an unparalleled mixture of energy and pace throughout his 98 profession video games, totaling 19 dwelling runs, 13 steals and a 110 OPS+ whereas breaking a number of Statcast information.

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