On Friday afternoon the Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. A deal between the two teams for Rios was considered unlikely after Texas claimed the 32-year-old on waivers earlier this week.
Jake Peavy has an extensive injury history, but when he’s healthy and on his game the Chicago White Sox right-hander can shutdown opposing hitters. With the White Sox positioned as sellers this season, Peavy should be one of the pieces the team moves as baseball’s trade deadline approaches. And the two leading suitors for his services are starting to emerge.
Thursday night CBSSports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Pirates are pushing hard to acquire Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. But in an added nugget, Pittsburgh is also likely to push for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez as well. A deal for both players would definitely qualify as a blockbuster and could reshape the National League playoff chase.