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.
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
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:
The Cubs are getting solid interest on Nate Schierholtz, one of the few good hitters on the market. More than likely he gets traded.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2013
Schierholtz would be perfect for PIT: RF, relatively cheap,.895 OPS vs. RH. http://t.co/r6wEXsnjyg Huntington/Theo/Hoyer have trade history.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2013
Worth remembering re: Schierholtz/possible match with PIT: 9 of 10 current starting pitchers for STL/CIN are right-handed.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2013