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Rangers drawing lots of trade interest in Alex Rios

Jul 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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With an MLB-worst 41-64 record the Rangers are obviously looking to sell at the trade deadline and right fielder Alex Rios seems likely to be moved before July 31.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that at least four teams have expressed interest in Rios, who has about $5 million remaining on his contract for this season and a $13.5 million team option or $1 million buyout for next season.

At age 33 he’s having a typical season, hitting .299 with a .754 OPS that nearly matches his .766 career mark. He has experience in all three outfield spots, although his defense no longer grades out as a big plus anywhere statistically. If contending teams believe he’s worth having around for $13.5 million in 2015 his trade value could be a bit higher than a typical two-month veteran rental, but Rios does have a limited no-trade clause to block six teams.

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  1. paulbdotcom - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Yanks please

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Robertson for Rios makes sense for me. That way Betances can take over as the closer.

      • geoknows - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Yeah, but any trade must also make sense for both teams. And that makes zero sense for the Rangers.

      • pisano - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        No way is Betances ready to close, the last couple games have been shaky for him, his control and his breaking ball haven’t been there. I wouldn’t totally trust him with the game on the line, he needs more seasoning.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    @Aaron — he’s not a “rental.” There’s a 2015 team option on his contract, which any team that trades for him likely will pick up at $13.5M.

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