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The Pirates and Bryan Reynolds have not discussed a contract extension

Although he was one of the only bright spots of the 2021 campaign for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bryan Reynolds has yet to sit down with the team to negotiate a possible future between the two sides.

The 27-year-old outfielder told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he had “heard nothing about it from them”.

Reynolds, who played in his first All-Star Game after three seasons in MLB last year, appears to be part of the long-term plans for the organization, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015. why this failure to contact him becomes strange, coming from the Pirates.

Normally, if you are a team that wants to undertake a reconstruction, you will try to surround yourself with good pieces. And when you manage to have some, you want to keep them for a long time. Bryan Reynolds is a guy who hit .302, had 24 homers and drove in 90 runs in 2021.

Relatively new to the Majors, he won’t become a free agent until 2026, so the urgency may not be so obvious. However, his current contract is valid for the 2022 season, and that’s it. After pocketing his $4.5 million this year, Reynolds will have to go through arbitration.

By granting him a contract extension, the Pirates would ensure both to retain the services of their best player, but also to avoid wasting unnecessary energy in arbitration. For a club trying somehow to improve, it would certainly be welcomed.

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Last year, Pittsburgh finished the regular season with a poor 61-101 record, which gave the club last place in the National Central Division standings. He has been there for three years in a row.

So the Pirates can only get better. This is what Bryan Reynolds wants to focus on, he who would like to see the Pirates take steps to improve.

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