San Francisco Giants: 3 Players They Should Pursue at the Trade Deadline

3. Alex Rios, Right Fielder, Chicago White Sox

May 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios (51) hits a RBI ground ball in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

This season, Rios is hitting .268 with 11 home runs, 36 RBI’s, and 14 stolen bases. Rios is a right-handed hitter, and his power, speed, and veteran leadership could really help the Giants.

Rios has mostly played right field for the White Sox this season, but he is able to play all three outfield spots. He could start in left or center field for the Giants, which would allow Torres to come off the bench. Torres could then be in a center or left field platoon again with Blanco. This would allow Bochy to utilize Torres’ speed, his success against right-handers, and his decent power off the bench more effectively.

Unfortuantely, Rios has a rather large contract. He’s making $12.5 million this year, and he’s set to make $12.5 million next year. He also has a team option of $13.5 million in 2015, when he will become a free agent. Despite his rather large contract, the Giants have shown interest in him. Rios would be a great addition to the Giants.

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