There has been a lot of talk about the Pirates trading for Alex Rios or Nate Schierholtz this year. Most of that has been looking at a struggling team with an expensive veteran, and a contending team with a need. In this case the White Sox and Cubs have productive right fielders and aren't contenders, and the Pirates have a need at right-field and are contenders.
I don't do Trade Value articles based on connecting the dots between teams. However, if there's an actual rumor connecting the Pirates to a player, I will look at the values. That hasn't been the case with Rios and Schierholtz until now. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pirates have been checking on both right fielders. To get an idea of what they would cost, let's look at the trade values for each player.
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