It looks like right field is the priority for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago (via MLBTR) says that the Pirates have been watching outfielder Nate Schierholtz for more than a month. He also says that they have had Schierholtz and Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios at the top of their wish list.
We've heard about the Pirates being interested in both outfielders. Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported about ten days ago that the Pirates were checking on both guys, and we did a trade values breakdown of both players in the same article.
The value for Rios was a Grade B hitting prospect with no salary relief. That value could go up if the White Sox picked up salary. Schierholtz had a slightly higher value, but still a Grade B hitting prospect due to his smaller salary.
The trade market is looking like an extreme seller's market so far, which means that it's unlikely Rios or Schierholtz could be had for their values. It would probably cost more for each playe...
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