ESPN has reported that Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers has cleared waivers and could possibly be traded. Rios was a player rumored to have drawn interest from Brian Sabean and the San Francisco Giants before the trading deadline on July 31st, but he was ultimately not traded to any team. The Giants have had interest in Alex Rios for awhile, dating all the way dating back to the off-season following 2007.
Rios is a solid outfielder, currently batting .293 with four home runs, 45 RBI, and 16 steals although his power numbers are considerably down from last season when he hit 18 home runs.
To me, this would be a perfect pick-up for the Giants. They lack depth in the outfield, and Rios would fit in as a starting left fielder, especially since Michael Morse has struggled since the All-Star break. In the last month Morse only has one home run, six RBI’s, and has struck out 25 times. He has also played more games and more innings than he has in the past two seasons as well, so the possibility of Morse starting to lose some fuel has to be a possible reality.
We also know that Pagan is an injury-prone player but is extremely important to the Giants as we have seen this season and in 2011. He needs to have days off regularly for him to remain healthy. Morse is the same way, granted he has not been been to the DL yet this season (knock on wood).
Belt has also been limited all season due to being plagued with injuries. Gregor Blanco was the fill-in guy while Pagan has out but that certainly did not go very well. Blanco just isn’t a good hitter. He is an excellent defensive outfielder, but that does not make up for his lack of power and batting average (.239, one home run).
Hopefully we will see the Giants attempt to make a trade or at least an offer for Rios. Historically, Sabean has always been very good at picking players up after the non-waiver trading deadline. What are your thoughts Giants fans? Is Rios a perfect fit for the Giants? Or should the Giants focus on another position?