July 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios (51) hits a single in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Chicago won 11-4. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Pirates close to acquiring OF Alex Rios

Earlier today the Texas Rangers pulled out of the running for Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. Now the Sox are close completing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the outfielder according to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago.

Rios would be an upgrade for the Pirates who’s right fielders have struggled at the plate.

Rios is .272 .324/.428 by comparison.

At 32 years old, Rios is batting .272 and has 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 22 stolen bases through 101 games this season. The non-waiver trade deadline is this Wednesday, July 31st.

The Pirates are also pursuing Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. The Chicago White Sox are also in talks to trade Jake Peavy to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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