Report: Pirates, White Sox discuss mega trade
Update 1:31 pm
John Perrotto of USA today says the Pirates have discussed a bigger trade that would see Jake Peavy and Alexei Ramirez head to Pittsburgh. In return, the Pirates would give up Jameson Taillon, Alex Dickerson and at least one other prospect.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly close to acquiring White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, according to David Kaplan of Sports Talk Chicago.
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
A mere half-game out of first place in the NL Central, the 62-42 Pirates are on the verge of the first playoff berth since 1992, and could use an upgrade in right field. Pittsburgh right fielders have combined for a .226/.290/.359 line this season, and rank dead last in OPS.
The 32-year-old Rios is hitting .272/.324/.428 with 12 home runs for the White Sox, mired in last place in the AL Central. He'll make $13 million in 2014, with a club option for the following season that features a $1-million buyout.