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Adding Alex Rios Would Jolt Pittsburgh Pirates’ Lineup

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

There is still money to be worked out, but the Pittsburgh Pirates seem set to make a huge splash Tuesday with the acquisition of outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago has unloaded a lot of players this month as the team seems headed for a rebuild, and the Pirates would get a a great bat to compliment the other hot bats in the lineup in this deal.

Rios has only 12 home runs and 49 RBIs, but does have 108 hits and could be on his way to finishing the season batting over the .300 mark for the second consecutive year. Sure, there is a lot of inconsistency at the plate when it comes to Rios, but another change of scenery to a division title contender would certainly liven his spirits.

There is no word on what players, if any, would be exchanged for Rios. Pittsburgh would likely have to take on a large chunk of the $18 million salary that is still left on his contract through next season. Adding Rios to an outfield that already includes Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen would be a huge step towards what the Pirates want to accomplish: a playoff berth and division crown.

It will be an interesting final two months of the season as the Pirates try to hold off the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.