Bryan Reynolds of the Pirates has made it known he’d rather play for a good team, and the Dodgers have a need (or at least an opening) in center field, so the two teams are naturally being linked together in a trade. L.A. has a very deep farm system, so many consider them the favorites to land Reynolds.
Over at The Athletic, former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel took trade proposals from readers and assessed their merit. One proposal involved Los Angeles:
Reynolds to Dodgers for RHP Bobby Miller, OF Jose Ramos and LHP Maddux Bruns — Dan N.
Dan N. says: Two outstanding pitching prospects and a very good young outfielder. This is a reasonable asking price.
Bowden’s take: This is a fair trade proposal — or at least a good starting point toward a final package — and one I think would be considered by both sides.
The Pirates would get a huge righty arm in Bobby Miller and a solid southpaw prospect in Maddux Bruns. Jose Ramos is a special outfield prospect; if I’m the Dodgers, I would try to substitute lesser outfield prospect Ryan Ward for Ramos to close the deal.
Biertempfel’s take: The 29th pick in 2020 out of Louisville, Miller, 23, is a top-of-the-rotation arm. He spent most of last season at Double A (20 outings, 4.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 11.6 K/9) and also made four starts at Triple A (3.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 11.8 K/9).
If I’m Cherington, I find as many opportunities as possible to mention the Dodgers’ crushing loss to the Padres last year in the National League Division Series. Would Reynolds be the missing ingredient that gets L.A. to the World Series in 2023? Who knows, but maybe stirring up those bad memories would spur the Dodgers brain trust to act.
I’m not convinced the Dodgers would include Miller in a trade for Reynolds, even if it’s “fair.” They haven’t come out and said Miller’s untouchable, but they haven’t traded him to anyone else who has asked for him, so right now — when he’s finally just about ready for the big leagues — would be an interesting time to pull the trigger on trading him.
Biertempfel’s take is just silly, of course. “Remind Friedman that they lost, and then he’ll do something crazy!” As the kids say, tell me you know nothing about Andrew Friedman without telling me you know nothing about Andrew Friedman. If Ben Cherington tried to pull that, Friedman’s reply would be, “Yeah, we lost in the NLDS with Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner. Maybe it wasn’t about the roster composition.”
It’s hard for me to see any of the Dodgers’ top four prospects (Miller, Diego Cartaya, Miguel Vargas, or Gavin Stone) going to Pittsburgh in a Reynolds swap. L.A. might overwhelm the Pirates with quantity, but I’m not convinced Reynolds is enough of a game-changer to justify that type of quality.
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