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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Pirates agrees to $13.5M. 2-year deal with All-Star Reynolds

PITTSBURGH ( Associated Press) — There’s no pay arbitration hearing for Brian Reynolds this year, and it’s more than okay with him.

The All-Star center fielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates worth $13.5 million. The contract, announced on Thursday, will pay Reynolds $6.75 million per season.

Reynolds and the Pirates were scheduled to go to arbitration after failing to come to an agreement on a one-year deal slated for 2022. Reynolds sought $4.9 million, Pittsburgh countered with $4.25 million.

“I always expected it to be the result and it was the result, so I would say it was a win,” Reynolds said. “I don’t think anyone ever wants to go to hearings. For me, personally, I love Pittsburgh. I love my teammates and everything like that. Like we did it early.” To get out of there and land where we are, I think it works out really well.

Reynolds, 27, has blossomed with the Pirates since his January 2018 trade, which sent 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco. Reynolds reached the majors in 2019 and moved to center field in 2021, hitting .302 with 24 homers and 90 RBIs to become a finalist for the Gold Glove.

Reynolds is batting. 227 with one home run in five games for Pittsburgh so far this season. The Pirates are set to start 2-3 in Thursday night’s game against Washington.

The deal comes two days after Pittsburgh signed third baseman Brian Hayes to an eight-year, $70 million contract.

Hayes was delighted to see Reynolds’ contract situation resolved.

“That’s great,” Hayes said. “That’s why I signed. I think we’re headed in the right direction. It’s amazing to have that kind of guy, in the middle of an order-type guy. He’s expressed that he wants to be here.” It’s great to meet such a man, keep him here for two years.”

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Associated Press Sports writer Will Graves contributed to this report

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