The Pittsburgh Pirates and switch-hitting outfielder Bryan Reynolds have agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth more than $106 M.
Pirates, Bryan Reynolds Agree To Contract Extension.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bryan Reynolds have agreed on one massive deal.
The franchise reportedly is giving out an eight-year, $106.75 million contract extension to the 28-year-old outfielder. The deal reportedly includes a club option and does not have an opt-out.
The agreement marks the Pirates’ largest contract in team history and comes after Reynolds requested a trade in the offseason.
Bryan Reynolds signed a 8 year / $106,750,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, including a $2,000,000 signing bonus, $106,750,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $13,343,750.
|Contract:||8 yr(s) / $106,750,000|
|Free Agent:||2032 / UFA|
In 2023, Reynolds will earn a base salary of $6,750,000 and a signing bonus of $2,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $7,000,000.
Reynolds’ pact eclipses teammate Ke’Bryan Hayes’ extension for the most guaranteed money in Pirates franchise history.
Hayes, Pittsburgh’s starting third baseman, signed an eight-year deal worth $70 million in April 2022.
Reynolds, 28, has begun his fifth big-league season hitting .294/.319/.553 (136 OPS+) with five home runs and three stolen bases in 22 games.
His contributions have been worth an estimated 0.5 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference’s calculations. For his career, he’s batted .282/.359/.484 (128 OPS+) with 79 home runs and 19 stolen bases.
Reynolds and the Pirates had reportedly been discussing an extension for some time, though the two had clashed over a possible opt-out clause.
At any rate, this represents a remarkable turnaround given that Reynolds had requested a trade from the Pirates back in December. Clearly the two sides were able to work past their problems and find enough common ground to strike a deal.
Reynolds’ extension is the latest highlight in what’s proven to be a great month of baseball for the Pirates.
They entered Tuesday with a 16-7 record, good for first place in the National League Central. Their plus-25 run differential is tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the second best in the division.