After agreeing to a two-year deal on Thursday, Bryan Reynolds and the Pirates will not have to go to arbitration.
According to a source, Reynolds would receive $6.75 million in 2022 and 2023 as part of the contract. Reynolds, who is a Super Two player, has two more years of arbitration left in him for the years 24 and 25, after which he will be a free agent.
Reynolds and the Pirates appeared to be headed for arbitration before this arrangement. The Buccaneers replied with $4.25 million after Reynolds requested $4.9 million.
With the first two years of arbitration behind him, Reynolds can return his attention to the diamond.
Reynolds had two hits, including a two-run home run, and two walks in the Pirates’ 9-4 win over the Nationals in the first game of a four-game series at PNC Park, just hours after the deal was announced.
When it comes to arbitration, general manager Ben Cherington said the Pirates normally have two options: settle by the exchange date (which this year was March 22 due to the lockout) or go to a hearing.
The Pirates will not modify their policy, according to Cherington, but with Reynolds, “it just so happened to line up where we were able to find some common ground and figure out a way over two years.”
The Pirates have had a strong start to the season thanks to Reynolds and Ke’Bryan Hayes.
On April 7, the Buccaneers and Hayes agreed to an eight-year, $70 million extension with a club option for a ninth season, making it the franchise’s richest contract ever.
Last Thursday, Hayes expressed optimism that the Pirates will continue to invest to keep several of his teammates in Pittsburgh.
How Long Is Bryan Reynolds Contract?
Bryan Reynolds is signed to the Pirates on a two-year contract.