Friday, July 19, 2013
Two Pirates trade targets
By Joe Kaiser
How impressive has Pittsburgh's pitching been so far this season? Consider this: Even though the Pirates have only scored 357 runs this season, tied for 26th with Washington, only six teams have a greater run differential than Pittsburgh (+46). Those teams are St. Louis, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Oakland.
To make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 1992, though, and fend off the Cardinals and Reds in the tough NL Central, this is a Pirates team that could very well have to score more runs. Here are two players they are reportedly targeting on the trade market.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported late Thursday that the Pirates are among the teams seeking to acquire Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, adding "and people familiar with Pittsburgh's thinking suggest they wouldn't be surprised if the Pirates expand the talks to include Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, as well."
Rios, who is batting .270 with 11 HR and 40 RBI, is signed through next season and would give the Pirates a big upgrade in right field. Ramirez is hitting .286 and, per Heyman, has $23 million remaining on his contract that goes through 2015.