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Alex Rios has been subject to trade rumors for the past month and it appears those rumors will not be slowing down any time soon. While we know that the Giants, Rangers and Diamondbacks have shown interest in White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, it looks like we can add another team to the list of teams interested in Alex Rios.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, have "checked into" White Sox Alex Rios.
While this bit of information doesn't tell us how interested the Pirates are in Rios, it does show that the Pirates want to upgrade their offensive production. Rios has been a very good player throughout his career as he hits for some power, drives in runs and can easily steal a base. While the Pirates don't necessarily need a base stealer, they just need a boost in their offensive lineup. While they do have some good pieces on their team, their offense has struggled some, but that hasn't stopped them from taking over first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh is looking to set themselves apart from the rest of the teams in their division and acquiring Rios could put them over the top.
I have my likes and dislikes about a potential Rios to Pittsburgh trade. I like that it would upgrade their offense and give them a good defensive presence, but what I don't like is that the Pirates front office is ignoring their players again. The Pirates didn't like it last year when they acquired some players via trade. They claimed it messed with their chemistry. If you have something great already, why mess with it? I can understand where the Pirates front office is coming from, but they are playing with fire right now. On the year, Rios is hitting .278 with 11 home runs, 40 RBI's with 19 stolen bases. While I may not like the Pirates potentially wrecking their team chemistry, I think Rios is a great player. He is a complete player, who has stayed relatively healthy the last three and a half years. He could boost the Pirates lineup, but it's a risk and the Pirates appear to be willing to take the risk. While nothing is close, this could be a situation to monitor closely if the Pirates offensive struggles continue.
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