How the Mariners could complete a 3 team trade for Bryan Reynolds

Curtis Christianson
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during inter-league play at PNC Park on August 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during inter-league play at PNC Park on August 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Mariners OF Jarred Kelenic
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 28: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners at bat during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

 Bryan Reynolds Trade #2: Phillies+Mariners+Pirates

We all saw the Phillies get to the World Series this year behind their great offense led by Bryce Harper. Their pitching was not good enough to get them to the top of the mountain, so acquiring David Bednar would give them someone who can come in as a real closer and push the rest of their relievers down into better roles. As a playoff team, there are never enough strong bullpen arms that can be added to your team, and Bednar in Philly gives them that closer they need.

This trade is similar to the previous one because the Mariners would be giving up the same four players, but the Phillies would be giving up Mick Abel and Johan Rojas. Abel is actually a local product who was drafted out of an Oregon high school in 2020. As a first-round pick, he brings with him a high upside. At just 21 years old, he reached AA at the end of last season and is probably a year and a half to two years away from the big leagues.

Abel, Brash, and Hancock would give the Pirates three young starting capable pitchers. The Pirates are known to be an organization that values cost-controllable talent, and having three pitchers who have a combined 18 years of control is incredibly valuable. Brash has proven to be at least a nasty reliever at the big league level, but he also could start on a Pirates team that needs him.

To go along with those pitchers, Johan Rojas is a 22-year-old outfielder. He has plus speed and defense abilities that rank him inside the top five of the Phillies system. He played half of the season in high-A ball, so he is closer to the big leagues than a recent draftee would be. If the Pirates felt like they needed more in a deal for Reynolds, the Mariners could include a competitive balance pick to give them another young draft prospect to add to their organization.

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