With less than an hour left, the San Francisco Giants have been just as busy during the trade deadline as their bay area rivals the Oakland A’s. Well, on the phones anyways.
They were in on plenty of players today from Emilio Bonifacio to Asdrubal Cabrera, but the only one left on the market is Alex Rios. Also helping things for Giants is the fact that the Seattle Mariners, who were also in on the Alex Rios sweepstakes, have recently made a move. Keep in mind though that Rios does have a partial no-trade clause.
Chris Denorfia to Seattle takes the Mariners out on Alex Rios….Giants might be the best landing spot for him. He can nix trade to KC
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 31, 2014
The latest is that both the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants have been in talks.
Here is some background info on Alex Rios’ contract:
Background info: Alex Rios is owed roughly $4-5 million the rest of this season and there's a $13.5M club option (w/$1M buyout) for 2015.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 31, 2014
For a team hurting for outfielders Rios would be a decent addition. He is currently batting .304 with four home runs and 43 RBI’s. The issue is defensively where Rios is not the greatest defensive player in the world. With Michael Morse already in the outfield it would make things that much worse defensively. For a team that sits on the bottom part of the league as far as team fielding goes (25th out of 30), that would be a concern. But, that’s the give-and-take.
Again, with less than an hour left we’ll keep you updated on rumors and if this deal happens.