The MLB non-waiver trade deadline and constant rumors go hand in hand. As the deadline gets closer there is no doubt that there will be rumors abounding. Some will be legit and have a story behind them and some turn out to be more story than substance. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, it has been rumors for weeks that they are extremely interested in Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. Recently that seems to be less true than speculation as the team suggests Justin Morneau would be more their speed.
The Pirates need is in the outfield so Morneau might seem like an odd choice but it makes sense if you think about it. They can shift guys around and have someone else play outfield if Morneau would be coming in to play first base. A good move with the right chosen players could help out two positions and really give the Pirates a chance to gain permanent ground on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rios is a great player but his salary really doesn’t jive with the style and payroll of the Pirates. Morneau currently makes a ton of money but with a couple of years of lesser stats would be worth much less for re-sign value, which would give the Bucks a chance to get a deal done if they wanted to.
Whether or not that is a deal that will get done is impossible to tell but it seems likely that they would be in on the Morneau talks when you think about it that way. Considering they got shut out by the Marlins 2 – 0 on Friday night, offensive help really does start to seem like a big deal. Hopefully a deal to help them will get done in a few days.