The New York Yankees are interested in Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds after the 27-year-old asked to be traded, a source told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.A Pirates spokesperson confirmed over the weekend Reynolds had requested a trade, calling the demand "disappointing" while saying it would have "zero impact" on Pittsburgh's future decision-making.The spokesperson didn't reveal why the one-time All-Star wanted to be traded.The Baltimore native put together another solid campaign in 2022, hitting .262/.345/.461 with 27 home runs, 19 doubles, four triples, 62 RBIs, and seven steals for the last-place Pirates. Pittsburgh finished 62-100.As it stands, the Yankees' outfield consists of Harrison Bader, Aaron Hicks, and Oswaldo Cabrera, although they are in the running to re-sign slugger Aaron Judge.New York has also been connected to free-agent outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
The New York Yankees appear to have a backup plan if Aaron Judge bolts in free agency.The Yankees are believed to be doing their due diligence on outfielder Brandon Nimmo, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.Harrison Bader is projected to be the team's starting center fielder in 2023. However, the club would have a massive hole to fill in right field if Judge leaves.Nimmo, who accrued a career-high 5.4 fWAR in 2022, is considered the best outfielder available on the open market outside of the reigning AL MVP. The 29-year-old Nimmo hit 16 homers with an .800 OPS over 151 games for the New York Mets in 2022.The Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, and Mets are also reportedly in on Nimmo.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.