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An Alex Rios Trade to the Pirates Now Seems Unlikely

An Alex Rios Trade to the Pirates Now Seems Unlikely

Dave Kaplan of CSN Chicago says the Pirates and the White Sox sound close on a trade for Alex Rios.

https://twitter.com/thekapman/status/362261208809734146

Kaplan doesn't make it sound like a deal is a guarantee, since he says he's not sure if the two teams can come to a middle ground on the money. Rios is owed $18 M over the next year and two months. Earlier today we heard that the White Sox wanted Jameson Taillon or Gregory Polanco for Rios, but that the Pirates said no. We also heard the White Sox like Alex Dickerson.

UPDATE 1:47 PM: Thoughts from James Santelli on Rios...

Though Jose Tabata's return from injury improves the Pirates in right field, it is still a very bad position on the team. The Bucs are second-to-last in the National League in Wins Above Replacement (-1.0 WAR) and Weighted Runs Created (91 wRC+) at the position. Translation? Only the Phillies have gotten worse production from RF this year.

Alex Rios would fit what Pittsburgh could use in right: an o...

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