The San Diego Padres have inquired about Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
For some reason, the Padres have been relatively quiet this time around. They missed out on the big names and haven’t made a blockbuster trade like so many have become accustomed to ever since general manager A.J. Preller took over.
The San Diego #Padres have engaged in trade talks this spring with the Pittsburgh #Pirates in an attempt to acquire All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds. The Padres have pitching depth, and young pitchers Chris Paddack and Ryan Weathers have been mentioned in discussions.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 31, 2022
The Padres desperately need another outfielder, and if the season began right now, it would most like be Jurickson Profar as the starting left-fielder. So, it’s no secret that Reynolds would be an enormous upgrade and bring another talented offensive presence to the lineup.
Reynolds shined in 2021 in Pittsburgh and posted career-highs in a number of categories, including home runs (24), RBIs (90), runs (93), and hits (169). He posted a .302 batting average and was a fixture on a below-average Pirates team.
If a deal gets done remains to be seen, but Preller and manager Bob Melvin have to be concerned about the lack of depth in the outfield.
It is worth noting that Reynolds wasn’t on the field with the Pirates during Spring Training.
Bryan Reynolds isn’t hitting outside, on the field, with the rest of today’s starters. That’s … a little odd.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) March 31, 2022
It could be nothing, but the timing of Nightengale’s report and Reynolds’ absence sure make for an interesting time. With MLB Opening Day right around the corner, Preller and the Padres are running out of days to make a blockbuster deal.