Jul 20, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) tags out San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) at home plate during the fourth inning in a game at AT

MLB trade rumors: Texas Rangers interested in Hunter Pence, Alex Rios

As Nelson Cruz faces the potential to be suspended with his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, the Texas Rangers are preparing to make a move with a number of candidates.

Some of the bigger players they’re reaching for are a couple of right fielders: the San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence and Chicago White Sox’s Alex Rios. The Dallas Star-Telegram reports along with other names popping up.

Pence and Morales, a switch-hitter, can be free agents after the season, but Rios is under contract for next season. Acquiring him would replace either David Murphy or Cruz, both free agents after the season, for 2014 and fill the void in 2013 should Cruz get suspended for his ties to the Biogenesis of America clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

Pence seems to be completely unavailable for a trade. The Giants made it known that he was not available as a trade candidate and Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that same belief today.

The other candidates are  a possibility. Rios has a .274 batting average and has 12 home runs. Morales has a .280 batting average with 15 HRs and 57 RBIs.

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