Mar 13, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) leads off during the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants, Rangers talking Alex Rios trade

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The San Francisco Giants remain one of the better teams in the National League, at least record wise, despite a month and a half of sub-par play. With plenty of holes to fix, the Giants are expected to be rather active in the next few hours and it appears as if a domino could be close to falling.

While second base is the biggest need for the San Francisco Giants, there are also concerns about the health of Angel Pagan. While he is due back tentatively in the coming days, San Francisco has historically struggled without the center fielder who has proven himself to be relatively injury prone. Possibly looking for insurance, the Giants and Texas Rangers are reportedly in trade discussions for Alex Rios.

It’s a little odd considering that when healthy the Giants have an outfield of Michael Morse, Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence. Given that, it doesn’t seem as if there is a lot of room for an additional body. Some might suggest moving Morse to first base, but that spot is currently occupied by Brandon Belt, who has recently been dealing with concussion symptoms.

Might the Giants have another move up their sleeve and need an additional outfielder? At this point it’s not known, though it’s hard to imagine the Giants paying such a premium for Alex Rios and not having a spot to put him.

The Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds are all said to covet Alex Rios, though the Giants currently appear to be the favorite.

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