Phillies among teams ‘aggressively pursuing’ center fielder Bryan Reynolds

The Phillies are just one of many MLB teams badly in need of a center fielder, so it’s not surprising that they are among the many teams interested in trading for Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds. The Yankees and Marlins, along with the Phillies and several other teams, are said to be “aggressively pursuing” Reynolds, per The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.

According to Jim Bowden, the Phillies are pursuing Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire)

Jon Heyman of Audacy Sports tweeted that the asking price for Reynolds is “astronomical.” Bowden expressed a similar sentiment and added that “no team has come close to finalizing a deal.”

Reynolds, 26, finished 11th in NL MVP voting in 2021. He slashed .302/.390/.471 with 24 home runs, 90 RBIs and a 142 wRC+ in 159 games and was also a Gold Glove finalist. He’ll fit the Phillies’ need for a center fielder and a middle-of-the-order bat.

To acquire Reynolds, the Phillies will most likely have to give up one of Mick Abel, Andrew Painter or Bryson Stott as well as a few other top 30 prospects in the system. Pittsburgh doesn’t have to trade him as Reynolds is Super Two arbitration eligible this season and under team control until 2026. They could sell high if they can get the prospect package they are looking for or keep him and revisit the idea at another time.

After Starling Marte, the free agent center field market is bleak. The Phillies could go the trade route to fulfill their need in center. They could pursue Kevin Kiermaier, the Rays’ glove-first center fielder who is owed $12 million in 2022. If they’re shooting for a center fielder with a similar ceiling as Reynolds, the Twins’ Byron Buxton could be a target.

For the Phillies, any upgrade they can make in center field is better than the production they’ve gotten from the position in recent years. Phillies center fielders combined for a .688 OPS in 2021.


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  1. John Reape

    November 22, 2021 at 11:48 am

    I would offer the Pirates, Painter, Marchan and another prospect around #10 in the Phillies system. Brian Reynolds is the real thing. He is an outstanding defensive centerfielder, as well as a terrific young hitter. Guys like this don’t become available very often. I wouldn’t include Stott, and wouldn’t want to substitute Abel for Painter, but would consider it ( assuming adding another top 20 prospect wouldn’t do it).

    • S C

      November 22, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      I agree, do not include Stott. I would be willing to give up either Painter or Abel and would, in addition to Marchan, throw in either Moniak or Haseley too. Reynolds is a stud. An OF of Schwarber, Reynolds and Harper would be the best that they have had in a very long time.

    • John Hoenge

      November 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

      Moniak,Painter,Marchan and Maybe a lower round draft pick Reynolds is the real deal the important thing is he is under team control until 2025. Do it tommorow.

  2. Craig Glessner

    November 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Painter, Marchan, Adam Hasely

  3. Rocky

    November 22, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    If they drafted him in the first place instead of that turd MM we would be ok. Don’t give the house for him

  4. allan blair

    November 22, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Pittsburgh would be stupid to let him go without getting one top major league player along with top minor league prospects.

    • John Hoenge

      November 23, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      I might have to agree with you but Pittsburgh has a poor market and won’t be able to resign him

  5. Andrew

    November 22, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Stott, who barely cracks any Top-100 prospect lists, would not be enough of a centerpiece in obtaining Reynolds. There are so many teams with more to offer, it would be a miracle if the Phillies landed him.

  6. Jorge Luis Volquez Kelly

    November 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Lo que los Filis necesitan de urgencia es un cerrador, en otras palabras un lanzador finalista.
    Cuantos juegos perdieron las últimas tres (3) temporadas en el noveno (9) episodio.

  7. Mick

    November 22, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    It would take at least two maybe all of painter Abel Stott. Last yr they asked Florida for their top 3 prospects which all three are rated higher than abel

  8. Walt1

    November 22, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Give them anyone except Stott for him.

  9. Rocky

    November 24, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Don’t give up the house for him. That’s too much. We need to find the next Reynalds get him on the cheap. That’s too much for him.

  10. Luke

    December 2, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Love the dirty uniform guys. He’d be great alongside Harper, offensively and defensively. Gotta sign him for the long term, tho.

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