Bryan Reynolds extension: Pirates lock up outfielder for $106 million deal, largest contract in team history

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and switch-hitting outfielder Bryan Reynolds have agreed on an eight-year extension, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth more than $106 million and includes a club option for the 2031 season, as well as no-trade protection for Reynolds. It does not contain an opt-out, CBS Sports HQ has confirmed.

Reynolds’ pact overshadows teammate Ke’Bryan Hayes’ renewal for the most guaranteed money in Pirates franchise history. Pittsburgh’s starting third baseman Hayes signed an eight-year contract worth $70 million in April 2022.

“We are delighted to reach this agreement with Bryan. He is a player we trust both on and off the field,” Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington said in a press release. “This agreement is an important step toward our shared goal of building a championship team in Pittsburgh.”

The 28-year old Reynolds has started his fifth big league-season and hit .294/.319/.553 (136 OPS+) with five homeruns and three stolen bases in 22 games. His contributions are worth an estimated 0.5 wins over replacement by Baseball Reference calculations. For his career, he hit .282/.359/.484 (128 OPS+) with 79 home runs and 19 stolen bases.

Reynolds and the Pirates had reportedly been discussing an extension for some time, though the two had clashed over a possible opt-out clause. In any case, this is a remarkable turnaround given that Reynolds had requested a trade from the Pirates in December. It is clear that the two sides have worked out their issues and found enough common ground to reach a deal.

The Pirates originally acquired Reynolds from the San Francisco Giants in 2018 in a trade that sent Andrew McCutchen west. McCutchen is now teammates with Reynolds, of course, having rejoined Pittsburgh during the off-season.

Reynolds’ renewal is the latest highlight in what has proven to be a great baseball month for the Pirates. They came in on Tuesday with a 16-7 record, good for first place in the National League Central. Their plus-25 run difference is tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for second best in the division.

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