Will Pirates turn to Chicago outfielders at trade deadline?

Will Pirates turn to Chicago outfielders at trade deadline?
July 30, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Pirates' right fielders have come under fire recently, boasting some of the worst offensive numbers in baseball at the position with a slash line of .226/.290/.359.

Which is why they've been linked to both Chicago right fielders -- the White Sox Alex Rios and the Cubs' Nate Schierholtz -- currently on the trade market.

Early Tuesday afternoon, CSN's David Kaplan heard from a scout at Wrigley Field the Pirates and Sox were close on a deal that would send Rios to Pittsburgh, but money was the main holdup.

 

 

Rios is owed $12.5 million next season and has a $13.5 million team option for 2015 with a $1 million buy-out. Plus, he is owed roughly $5 million left this season.

If the Pirates and Sox can't reach an agreement, the Bucs could turn to Schierholtz, as ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Tuesday afternoon: