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.