As the non-waiver deadline pulls to within 24 hours (July 31, 4:00 p.m. EDT), the rumor mills abound with potential trades. However, it often sees new twists for the same potential deals. One such example includes the Chicago White Sox and a pending deal to send outfielder Alex Rios to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
First, on Tuesday morning, the trade for Rios was heavily rumored to occur very soon. Sports Talk Chicago's David Kaplan reported that the two sides were very close; they just needed to finalize it.
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
Then came Tom Singer, MLB.com's Pirates beat writer.
If #WhiteSox cover substantial part of $18 mil remaining on his contract (through 2014), Alex Rios could be coming to #Pirates
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) July 30, 2013
Later in the afternoon, though, Pittsburgh Tribune's Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel announced that the deal was not close after all.
Spoke to a source on this end who said he does NOT have sense Rios to #Pirates deal is on verge of happening
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 30, 2013
Finally, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman denounced the deal as well.
rios makes sense for #pirates. but deal is not close at this time, i hear.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2013
The two sides have approximately 24 hours to decide if the trade will occur or not. After 4:00 EDT on July 31, all players will have to clear waivers for their teams to trade them. Deals are still very likely and possible at that point, but teams would make the trades much more easily before the deadline.
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