Pittsburgh Pirates Could Have Used A Player Like Alex Rios

By Trevor Lowry
Alex Rios
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are kind of good this season. They do hold the best record in baseball and all. Those colors usually do not rhyme, but this season is different than most. Picking up a player at the deadline would have made this team that much better and Pittsburgh could have used a player like Alex Rios.

Sure, Rios would have come at a price and he is owed quite a bit of cash, but his .272 batting average, 12 home runs and 50 RBI would have been a great addition to the team. Not to mention, he would have been a bonus on the defensive side of the ball. Rios would have been a great fit in rightfield, but it is not the end of the world that the Pirates did not pick him up.

This is clearly a great baseball team and a 65-42 record proves that.

It is weird saying this, but if Pittsburgh keeps up its great season, it could enter the postseason with the best record in baseball and it could be the favorite to win the World Series.

Winning the division will not be easy as the St. Louis Cardinals are just 2.5 games back in the NL Central. Still, you would think that Pittsburgh would make the playoffs at the very least.

Picking up an extra player at the deadline is never a bad thing, especially when a team is a contender. This was certainly the case with Pittsburgh, but it apparently felt that it did not need a player like Rios, even if he would have made the team that much better.

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