The Pirates Just Gave Out Their First $100 Million Contract to Bryan Reynolds

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates runs during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 14, 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

With teams like the New York Yankees who have been an absolutely loaded franchise since their inception, it’s good to see teams out here like the Pittsburgh Pirates making big money moves. Today, the Pirates agreed to a $106.75 million contract extension with outfielder Bryan Reynolds. This long-term deal is expected to last 8 years and will progressively pay out more season after season. This will be the largest contract that the Pirates have signed in franchise history and marks a monumental moment for such a historically poorly run ball club. 

While the Pittsburgh Pirates have been plagued by bad ownership for quite some time, it is good to see them making a long-term investment in a phenomenal switch hitter. He is currently batting .294 and roped in two hits in their last game against the Reds. This deal is something that Pirates fans have been waiting on for years and they’re making that beyond evident on Twitter. 

Considering they haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2015, I feel like Pirates fans deserve something to celebrate, and their current lineup in the outfield is definitely something to celebrate. They are also having quite the season thus far with their current 7-game win streak. I wouldn’t expect that streak to end anytime soon with their upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers who have struggled this season. 

It kinda seems like these disgustingly large contracts might be the way the entire league is moving. Teams seem to be spending more and more money to bring in superstars and turn them into franchise players. The New York Mets, another historically bad franchise, have also gotten a major facelift in the past couple of seasons with their new owner Steve Cohen. I understand that this has always been the way the MLB has operated with the fact that there is no salary cap, but I love to see new teams striving to take over the top spot as the wealthiest ball club. After all, nobody likes to see a franchise dominate for five seasons straight in any league. 

Written by Brady White

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