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Rangers put in waiver claim for Alex Rios

Aug 8, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Alex Rios AP

Just before the July 31 trade deadline the Pirates were said to be close to acquiring Alex Rios from the White Sox, but that deal fizzled and now like most players this month Rios was placed on waivers.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Rangers were awarded the waiver claim on Rios, which means if the White Sox are going to trade him Texas is now the only option. They can also simply pull Rios back and keep him.

Rios makes sense for the Rangers with Lance Berkman still on the disabled list and Nelson Cruz suspended for the remainder of the season. He’s a good defensive right fielder who’s hitting .277 with 12 homers, 26 steals, and a .749 OPS to basically match his career numbers at age 32.

Rios is owed about $4 million for the rest of the this season and is under contract for $12.5 million next year, plus a $13.5 million option or $1 million buyout for 2015. So if the Rangers think he’s worth that money he’d be more than a stretch-run pickup, giving them a longer-term replacement for Cruz in right field.

  1. jrbdmb - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Seems like a good pickup for the Rangers if the ChiSox don’t get too greedy with their demands.

  2. largebill - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    How did Cleveland let him get past them in the waiver process?

    • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Probably didn’t want to be on the hook for the $13.5M next year or $26M for the next 2 years. Since 2008 he’s had far more bad or average years that good ones and being 33/34 won’t enhance those odds.

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Who coulda thunk theres a downside to the buccos having the best record in the majors?

    • paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Waiver claims go by priority within league. Because he’s in the AL, all AL teams have a shot at him before he is available for NL teams.

  4. dondada10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Those are his career numbers? How did he get the 14 year or whatever it was deal from Toronto?

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Seven year contract

    • biasedhomer - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Career numbers means he’s likely had years better, and years worse. So it averages out.

  5. geoknows - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    They can also simply let him got to the Rangers too, can’t they? And the Rangers would take on 100% of the contract. That’s how the White Sox got Rios from the Blue Jays in the first place.

    • jdd428 - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Yep. Sox should just let him go and bring up Avisail Garcia.

    • blackandbluedivision - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      They could. But, the ChiSox still have one of the worst farm system in the league. They could use some more prospects.

  6. coryfor3 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Just let the rangers take him if they can’t work out a deal

  7. 2016olympics - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Sox would benefit simply by letting him walk. Even if they were to try and move him in the offseason, they will still waste $4m on him for the rest of this year. Avisail Garcia is waiting in the eungs. Hahn should try to hold out and get prospects in return, but if Rangers don’t flinch, the Sox had better let him go to Rangers outright, and be happy with the salary dump.

  8. krispc - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    When does waiver claim expire?

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