The waiting game is over. The Pirates signed star outfielder Bryan Reynolds to a record-breaking contract extension this week.
It took some back and forth between both sides but Reynolds will be in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future after signing an eight-year extension.
Pirates pitcher Rich Hill heard the news from WEEI’s Rob Bradford while recording “Baseball Isn’t Boring” and gave an instant reaction to Reynolds’ new deal.
“That’s awesome. That’s unbelievable,” Hill said (19:50 in player above). “It’s incredible. I think it’s great not only for the team, obviously, but for Bryan as well. I think that’s something that speaks to the commitment moving forward here in Pittsburgh. Now you’re having a guy that you build around and then you got some of the young starters that are here in their presence and probably start working on getting something done with them I would say at some point this season to be able to really shore up that future.”
Those young starters are guys like Ke’Bryan Hayes, Ji Hwan Bae, and the injured O’Neil Cruz. Pittsburgh has a solid young core and Reynolds will be an anchor for them.
“That’s obviously like a huge step in the right direction. That’s a building block,” Hill continued. “It’s a pillar of where you’re trying to go and I think having Reynolds get extended is something that should get fans very excited here in Pittsburgh and see the dedication that’s coming in the future.”
The 28-year-old Reynolds is off to a great start in his fifth MLB season. He’s hitting .294 with five home runs and 18 runs batted in through 22 games. The Pirates are following his lead as well with a 16-8 record atop the NL Central.