Yankees insiders rule out Reynolds trade this spring

YES Network's Jack Curry and Michael Kay said that Reynolds won't be wearing Yankees pinstripes any time soon.

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The New York Yankees are heavily linked to Bryan Reynolds, an All-Star outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, YES Network’s Jack Curry and Michael Kay said that Reynolds won’t be wearing pinstripes any time soon.

According to Curry: “I would not expect that that is something that’s going to happen. There haven’t been substantive conversations between those two sides recently.”

According to Kay: “In terms of the Reynolds deal, from everything we’re hearing, they’re asking for a king’s ransom, and they should. He has three years before he’s a free agent. But Billy Beane of the A’s said something that’s really smart about building a baseball team. You build your team for two months, let them play, see what you have. And then you have the two months to fix it. And then you have the final two months for your finished product going into the playoffs. There’s a trade deadline. The Yankees can make deals then. … You have to wait until the trade deadline so some team gives up and maybe a left fielder shakes free. I’m not saying the Yankees might not make a deal before the season begins, but if not, I think they’re content with what they have to go into the season.”

From fans to analysts, everyone is eager to know who will start for the Yankees in left field on Opening Day. This is the biggest fix the team needs to defend their AL East dominance and push for a title after Andrew Benintendi moved out for a five-year, $75 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. In 2022, the Yankees traded for Benintendi right before the deadline after hiatus in the winter and during the spring training.

As for what they already have, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Cabrera are the best left-field candidates they already have. Kay, on the other hand, thought:

“I think left field is a work in progress. I don’t think that the Yankee left fielder for the majority of the season is on the team right now.”

There are a lot of rumors about Bryan Reynolds, an All-Star outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and how he will be used in the future. Harrison Bader, who is fast becoming a Yankees fan favorite after his 2022 post-season fireplay following his trade from St. Louis, believes Bryan Reynolds is apt to don the pinstripes. However, the Yankees face an obstacle in sealing a deal for him, as the Pirates want a big player.

Will the Yankees move out Torres?

Alden Gonzalez of ESPN believes that Brian Cashman will trade Gleyber Torres before the end of the winter. The Yankees have an alternative to Torres in DJ LeMahieu at second base. They too have a plethora of middle infielders. New York may bank on shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa or bring in the youngsters, who are rated highly. Oswald Peraza, Anthony Volpe, and Oswaldo Cabrera can take over. Torres still has two years left on his Yankees contract, but he hasn’t been as good offensively in recent years and might do better somewhere else.

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Chicago White Sox are looking for a second baseman and Torres could be a trade target. Since both Volpe and Peraza are ready to break out, Torres, who was 26 at the time and hit .257 with 24 home runs in 2022, could be on his way out.

Also, remember that Torres has been an All-Star twice and is still under the team’s control for two more seasons. He will be a free agent at the end of the 2024 season.

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