9:55 p.m.: The Padres currently view the Pirates’ asking price on Reynolds as “prohibitively expensive”, writes The Athletic’s Dennis Lin. That’s no surprise, given the high demands the Bucs have made during Reynolds’ talks with other teams.
9:21 a.m.: The Padres and Pirates recently had trade talks regarding the All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds, tweet USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Young pitchers chris paddack and Ryan Weather were both mentioned as possible pieces going back to Pittsburgh, he adds.
It’s important to make a few key distinctions here. First of all, the talks between the two sides don’t necessarily suggest a deal is near — nor do they indicate that Pittsburgh is actively looking to trade Reynolds. The Pirates have caught Reynolds’ attention on more than half a dozen teams since last summer alone, and he remains in camp with Pittsburgh.
Second, Paddack and Weathers are surely just two of the many names that have been discussed. While both are of interest to the Bucs, there would definitely need to be additional pieces added. Paddack, for example, is controlled for less time than Reynolds (three years to four years for Reynolds) and is coming off a poor 2021 season that ended with an elbow injury. Weathers, meanwhile, is a former top-10 draft pick and top-100 prospect, but was knocked down for a 5.32 ERA in 94 2/3 innings during the rookie campaign for the League. last year. It is controllable for another five years, at least.
As Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweet, San Diego’s interest in Reynolds is not a new revelation. However, if they do discuss specific players who could return to Pittsburgh, it would mark a sign of progress from previous more preliminary discussions, Acee adds.
Reports last night indicated that the Padres are open to trading their starting pitches and overcatch to meet their needs in the outfield. Padres skipper Bob Melvin yesterday acknowledged that the lack of depth in the outfield was “a concern”. San Diego considered playing top shortstop prospect JC Abrams in the outfield early in the season.
For now, the Padres have Trent Grisham and Wil Myers locked in outside slots, but their situation on the left field is particularly dire. Newly Acquired First Baseman/Outfielder Matt Beaty could see plenty of time there despite being rated as a poor defender. Switch hitter utility Jurickson Profar is the other main contender, but he’s just had a miserable 2021 season and has spent most of his career playing on the pitch.
Reynolds is about as high-profile a target as Padres president of baseball operations AJ Preller could explore. That’s normal for Preller, who usually explores every opportunity to acquire a marquee player, no matter how slim. Preller and his Pittsburgh counterpart, Ben Cherington, have lined up on a few trades over the past 13 or so months, however, as Pittsburgh traded the two Joe Musgrove and Adam Frazier in San Diego in separate agreements. As such, it’s likely that Paddack, Weathers and quite a few other young Padres have already been discussed in previous trade talks between the two sides. These preliminary discussions could serve as a basis to some extent, but the ratings and opinions of young players can change quickly over the course of just a few months.
Reynolds has also been aggressively pursued by the Marlins since last year’s trade deadline. Other teams known to be interested in the 27-year-old include the Mariners, Yankees, Braves and Brewers, among others. It’s easy to see why by looking at Reynolds’ .290/.368/.490 batting career and, in particular, last year’s .302/.390/.522 output. Reynolds is controllable throughout the 2025 season, however, and between his elite performances and that long-term control, the asking price for him is sky-high.
For example, Craig Mish and Barry Jacksonn of the Miami Herald recently reported that the Pirates are looking for both the shortstop Khalil Watson and right-handed Max Meyer in talks with the fish. The top two recent players rank among the top 50 prospects in the sport. In past trade talks with the Mariners, the Bucs have targeted super prospects julius rodriguez as a starting point and looked for additional pieces beyond it, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. As for the Padres, those earlier inquiries about Reynolds underscore that Paddack and Weathers would likely be considered side pieces, at best.
As for the Padres’ general search on the ground, if they can’t reach an agreement with the Pirates regarding Reynolds, there are plenty of alternative avenues to explore. The Twins are known for seeking rotational help and have plenty of outfielders – both in terms of established players (Max Kepler) and young, MLB-ready options with an edge (Trevor Larnach, Alex Kiriloff). The Yankees could use additional options on the mound and behind the plate, and they have a crowded outfield mix (which includes the former Padres trade target Joey Gallo). Angels are deep in young flyers (e.g. Joe Adell, Brandon Marsh) and are always looking for rotation help. The Mariners, similarly, could use another starter and have a vast collection of outfield talent on the 40-man roster. Preller could also turn to Baltimore Cedric Mullins Where Austin Haysalthough Mullins in particular is a Reynolds-style long shot to move.