Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is drawing interest from many teams, including the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. Although he has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to six clubs, Rios will likely accept a trade to a contender.
With Rios due to earn almost $20 million through the end of the 2014 season, Chicago would probably love to swap him before the deadline for a couple of controllable, inexpensive prospects.
Conversely, Rios would immediately provide an impact bat in the middle of a contender's lineup, and will definitely draw lots of interest in the weeks ahead.
In addition to the Giants, Diamondbacks and Rangers, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have lacked production in right field all season, would be a perfect fit for Rios. While the Bucs are expected to pursue bullpen help, it is unclear if they will be willing to commit a substantial amount of payroll for two years of Rios.
In 77 games on the year with Chicago, Rios is hitting .268 with 11 HR and 36 RBI. He is coming off a career year in which he hit .304 with 25 HR and 95 RBI, earning fifteenth place in the American League MVP race.
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