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Bryan Reynolds Rumors: Dodgers Would Need to Say Goodbye to Bobby Miller in Possible Trade

The Dodgers have an opening in center field, and one of the best-hitting center-fielders in baseball has requested that his lousy team kindly trade him. At first glance, it seems like a perfect fit.

But as Jon Morosi is reporting, the Pirates have a say in whether they’ll actually trade Bryan Reynolds, and they’e not going to make it cheap if they do.

It makes sense that Pittsburgh would want Bobby Miller if they swung a trade with the Dodgers, but it’s unclear whether L.A. would include him in a deal. Miller has top-of-the-rotation upside, and they’ve resisted overtures from every team that has tried to pry him away from them so far. Reynolds is a very good player, but I’m not sure he’s so good they should give up Miller just as he’s about to reach the big leagues.

It’s worth noting, of course, that quantity can often outweigh quality in a trade offer. A week before Manny Machado was traded to the Dodgers in 2018, Morosi tweeted this:

Triston McKenzie was a top-40 prospect at the time, and Shane Bieber was already establishing himself as a big-leaguer. Los Angeles ended up winning the Machado sweepstakes with a five-player package that didn’t include of their most highly ranked prospects. The current Dodgers system is defined more by depth than anything else, so they’re more likely to go with a similar package in their offers for Reynolds.

Would the Pirates take a package highlighted by Ryan Pepiot if there were enough other prospects included? It’s tough to say. But the fact that they’re currently saying “Bobby Miller” doesn’t mean that will be their final endpoint.

(Also, with the Bue Jays acquiring Daulton Varsho from the DBacks on Friday, their need for Reynolds probably went way down, and less competition for Reynolds could also drive the price down for L.A.)

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Miller, Pepiot, Pages, Grove, Jackson, and Gonzalez for Reynolds. They get their Soto package with pitchers headlining the deal. And we would still have Gavin Stone.

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