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.
Sounds like White Sox and Pirates are getting close on a deal for Alex Rios. Cash being worked on. Not sure if they can find a middle ground
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 30, 2013
Rios would be an upgrade for the Pirates who’s right fielders have struggled at the plate.
Pirates RF last in MLB in OPS, hitting .226/.290/.359 MT @thekapman Sounds like White Sox, Pirates getting close on a deal for Alex Rios
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 30, 2013
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.