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Rangers acquire Alex Rios from White Sox

Aug 9, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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Texas has found a replacement right fielder for the suspended Nelson Cruz.

Yesterday we learned that the Rangers put in the winning waiver claim for Alex Rios, setting up a potential trade with the White Sox, and Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal.

Rios can’t replace Cruz’s power, but he’s a much better defender with 30-steal speed and has hit .277 with 12 homers and a .747 OPS in 109 games this season. He’s also signed for next year at $12.5 million with a $13.5 million option or $1 million buyout for 2015, so Rios is much more than just a stretch-run pickup for the Rangers.

According to Hayes the White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash for Rios, which suggests they were mostly interested in shedding the remainder of his contract. There’s speculation that the PTBNL will eventually be revealed as Leury Garcia, a 22-year-old middle infielder who hasn’t hit much in the minors yet.

  1. stex52 - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Wow. White Sox are burning down the barn. Wonder what Chris Sale would take.

    • dondada10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      No way Sale clears waivers.

    • blackandbluedivision - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      He’s not going anywhere.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Until his shoulder blows up, then he’s a cheap Josh Johnson

  2. tigersfandan - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Anyone know if Ventura is in any danger of getting fired?

    • dadawg77 - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      It is the White Sox so probably not. However, he may decide not to come back as he did turn down an extension heading into this year.

  3. chacochicken - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I never realized how much I’m going to miss seeing Nelson catastrophically misplay practically anything hit to RF. Suspensions hurt more ways than one. Hopefully Alex can fall down and turn a single into a 2 RBI triple in honor of Cruz.

    • neoshweaty - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Why doesn’t Cruz get as much shit as Buckner for his misplay in RF in 2011? It was literally the same god damned circumstance. Get the out and you win the world series.

      • Senor Cardgage - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Point of order: Buckner should actually get less shit. If he had made the play, all it would have meant was that the game would continue to the 11th inning. The game had already been tied on a wild pitch earlier in the at-bat.

      • chacochicken - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        I think because everyone hated Josh Hamilton more.

      • paperlions - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Well, because one was a slow roller that went between the guys legs and the other was a hard hit ball tailing away from the OFer who would have had to catch it running at full speed just before running into the wall. Not really the same.

  4. historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Hello, Gleeman. Why is there no “neener, neener, Craig” in this post?

  5. lmoneyfresh - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    It’s for sure Garcia + cash. Not a bad deal for the rangers. Just got some of that pop back in the lineup.

    • eightyraw - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      It’s Rios + cash for Garcia. White Sox are the team kicking in $1mm.

      • jwbiii - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Rios has a $500k/yr reassignment bonus in his contract. The White Sox are covering that. It didn’t kick in until 2011, so it didn’t apply with their 2010 waiver claim.

      • lmoneyfresh - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Whoops. Good catch eightyraw.

      • vapor54 - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Rios has rarely played up to his pay level. Risky move by the Rangers.

      • eightyraw - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Back-of-napkin calculations (conservatively) peg him for 2.25 WAR next year, before factoring in aging. It is reasonable to think that he will be worth between 1.5 and 2.5 wins next season. With the cost of a win near $6mm, the Rangers look to be paying pretty close to his expected value. Of course, Rios’s offensive struggles in 2011 and his rebound in 2012 mean that there is a high volatility concerning his expected value.

  6. blabidibla - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Apparently the size of a bread basket is a relative term.

    • Caught Looking - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      The bread basket of America pretty sizable

  7. unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Wow – Leurys Garcia (organizational ‘depth’) and a million for Rios. Just realized who they are – the AL Mets.

    • heirball - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Sox won the World Series in ’05. Refresh my memory, when did the Mets or Rangers win it?

  8. jpat2424 - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Great. More money to spend next season.

  9. wpjohnson - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Leury Garcia has potential. He is a very likeable young man and I hope he gets a chance somewhere and succeeds.

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