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August 2, 2022

Giants

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Reynolds 27 Majors OF Medium 3.4 113.3 51.1 62.2 49.8 62.2 74.6

Pirates

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Arteaga Minors SS 9.6 7.7 9.6 11.5
Bednar Minors RHP 5.4 4.3 5.4 6.5
Doval 24 Majors RHRP Medium 5.5 21 6.2 14.8 11.8 14.8 17.8
Yastrzemski 31 Majors OF Medium 3.4 42.9 16.2 26.8 21.4 26.8 32.1
1 Comment
  1. Jon Fendler

    This is a deal for the off-season, not the next few hours. This type of trade is better-suited to the Winter, when there’s less media and fan pressure and arbitration salaries are already affixed for the following season.

    Reynolds signed a two-year “bridge” deal at the start of 2022 in which the Pirates bought out his first two arbitration years at $6.75M per season. Following next season, he’ll be arb-eligible for the third time and could command a salary north of $16M. In his final season (2025), he could be above $20M. It seems increasingly unlikely that the Pirates sign him to a long-term deal.

    However, with somewhere around $65-70M coming off the Giants’ books following this season, San Fran is in a strong position to lock Reynolds up long-term. With no salary commitments on the books in 2024 with the exception of Anthony DeSclafani’s $12M, they can hand out several longer contracts if appropriate. The 2024 FA agent class is also rather strong, with Devers, Hoskins, Tim Anderson, Ian Happ, Max Kepler, and plenty of others slated to hit the open market. Juan Soto could become a free agent the following season. The Giants in a fantastic spot to spend money after next year, and the timing would coincide with their highest-ceiling prospects (Harrison, Matos, Luciano, etc) matriculating into the big leagues.

    For the Pirates, they would get a strong defensive center fielder to replace Reynolds at a significant discount. Yaz is controlled through 2025 and won’t cost more than $6M in 2023 and probably less than $10M in 2024.

    Acquiring Doval would give Pittsburgh a second elite back-end bullpen piece to pair with David Bednar, who may or may not be around in 2023 and beyond. If so, Doval could step into the closer’s role while making just the bare veteran minimum through 2024, and an affordable salary in his first arb season in 2025. Giants fans will probably hate giving him up, but relievers are voodoo, and it’s important to cash in on them at their highest possible value.

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