Originally written July 25, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be tied to available offense. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Chicago White Sox' Alex Rios and Nate Schierholtz of the Chicago Cubs top the Buccos' wish list. Levine notes that the Pirates hope to add to their offense as they prepare to battle the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League Central title. On the season, the Pirates have combined to score the sixth-least runs in the majors, while being in the bottom-third of the league in batting average and on-base percentage. Other than shortstop, Pittsburgh has received the least amount of production from their combination of right fielders, which has included the likes of Travis Snider, Jose Tabata and Garrett Jones. In total, Pirates' right fielders have only hit at a clip of .228/.291/.360. Both Schierholtz and Rios are expected to be traded this summer, as both players have been mentioned in rumors involving multiple teams. Schierholtz has put together a better season than Rios, hitting .277/.334/.521 with 20 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs. Still, Rios is drawing attention with his line of .274/.328/.436 and 21 doubles and 12 home runs for the White Sox. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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