MLB Rumors: Yankees Look at Bryan Reynolds, But Pirates’ Asking Still ‘Unrealistic’;  Padres sign ex-top prospect

MLB Rumors: Yankees Look at Bryan Reynolds, But Pirates’ Asking Still ‘Unrealistic’; Padres sign ex-top prospect

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Spring training is less than six weeks away and only five of our top 50 free agents remain unsigned. It means that the trade market should pick up soon as teams look to round out their rosters. With that in mind, here are Friday’s hot stove rumors.

The Yankees are still interested in Reynolds

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The Yankees remain among the teams with steady interest in Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds, reports say New York Post. However, the asking price is said to be “unrealistic”. The Yankees have a pressing need in left field and has remained an obvious fit for Reynolds, a switch-hitter with all-around ability and three years of team control remaining.

Reynolds, 28 later this month, requested a trade earlier this offseason, although the Pirates are not committed to trading him. He’s been a sought-after trade target for several years now, and Pittsburgh has maintained a high asking price throughout. At this point, it feels like the Yankees (and other teams) are just waiting for the asking price to drop. New York’s infield left field options are Aaron Hicks and super utility man Oswaldo Cabrera.

The Rangers are still searching for a left fielder

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After spending a lot to improve the rotation, the Rangers continue to search for a left fielder, according to The Athletic. They have interest in the aforementioned Reynolds, and free agents like AJ Pollock and David Peralta are also possibilities. Last season, the Rangers received a terrible .186/.253/.256 line from their left fielders. It shouldn’t be difficult to improve it.

Texas has used 20 different players in left field over the past two seasons, the third most in baseball, and reliever Josh Smith is currently penciled in as their starting left fielder. The Rangers could also use a DH to improve a missing bottom of the lineup. The Rangers have done a good job of strengthening the rotation. Now they have to upgrade an offense that was ranked 18th in adjusted OPS in 2022.

Padres ink former top prospect

The Padres have agreed to terms on a major-league deal with right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell, the team announced Friday. Honeywell was a second-round pick in the 2014 draft and worked his way up the vaunted Rays’ farm system to the point where he was a consensus top-15 prospect in all of baseball before the 2018 season. He was the MVP of the 2017 Futures Game (second subheading here) while showing off his signature screwball.

Unfortunately, Honeywell tore the UCL in his right elbow in the spring of 2018 and had Tommy John surgery. He had another procedure in 2020 and has managed just three MLB appearances (8.31 ERA in 2021). He struggled in the minors in the A system last season, although he has pitched well in the Dominican Winter League. He’s 27 years old, so there’s still time to figure things out.

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