Morosi: Are the Mariners a potential suitor for Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds?
Dec 9, 2022, 1:50 PM | Updated: Dec 11, 2022, 3:16 pm
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The Mariners have made just one additition to their MLB roster in free agency this offseason in reliever Trevor Gott, with their two biggets acquisitions coming via trade in outfielder Teoscar Hernández and second baseman Kolten Wong. But could another big trade be on the way?
A longtime Seattle trade target has requested his trade in Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, a slugging switch hitter with three years left on his current contract.
Could Reynolds be joining the Mariners in an offseason blockbuster?
“I do think Reynolds is a possibility,” Morosi said.
The issue, Morosi said, would be whether the Mariners are willing to part with their top prospects in order to get Reynolds to Seattle. That’s especially the case after the M’s traded top shortstop prospects Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo along with two pitching prospects for staff ace Luis Castillo last summer.
“I’m not sure if after the Luis Castillo deal that the Mariners would feel compelled to probably offer – you’d have to really give another top 100 in the industry-type prospect, at the very least, to get Bryan Reynolds,” Morosi said. “So I think you’d have to have that appetite to really give up a high-end player.”
What could help the Mariners in a pursuit of Reynolds is that right now, there are still plenty of quality outfielders available in free agency.
“This I think is one probably frustrating part of this for the Pirates and the trade requests and how it’s all unfolding, is that there are so many other credible, good outfielders available,” Morosi said.
That could impact the Mariners both in trying to get Reynolds, but also in terms of adding to the roster overall.
“(Andrew) Benintendi when he’s at his best is an All-Star,” Morosi said. “… Could we see Michael Conforto come back home in the Pacific Northwest? There are so many good, at least good average, above-average bats available that I expect the Mariners to get one of them.”
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