One team that is most certainly going to be selling when the trade deadline nears is the Chicago White Sox. A very attractive get for most any team with offensive troubles would be Alex Rios whose name has been in trade rumors for a while now. I want to make it clear that if the San Francisco Giants only add one man to their roster before the deadline, it should be Rios. They need him badly plus another front runner for Rios’ services is the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants have the inside track and the best shot at Rios among NL West teams because they have a few things they are willing to give up. The DBacks seem to want to add players without giving one up. The Giants however need to offer up what they consider to be the best guy they can part ways with and get Rios headed towards the Bay area. Rios would be a perfect fit for the Giants because they need offense worse than they need pitching.
Their pitching is holding its own but they really need current pitching to get healthy instead of adding a few. They need a spark like the Los Angeles Dodgers got when they began starting Yasiel Puig. Rios is the kind of player that can be a difference maker. If the DBacks get him and the Giants don’t, I wonder what will happen to the pennant race that already seems to be distancing itself from the Giants. The answer shouldn’t matter. They need to offer up their minor league roster and their MLB roster and let the White Sox choose. It would be worth it to get Rios dressing out for the Giants. It could be the difference in the pennant race.