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Alex Rios has cleared waivers

Aug 7, 2014, 5:07 PM EST

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Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that Rangers outfielder Alex Rios has cleared revocable waivers, which means it’s just like July all over again for him and Texas, as he can be traded to any team.

I figured he’s be a borderline case to clear. He’s making $12.5 million this year, but it’s the last year of his famously bad deal, and there are less than two months left on the season. He also has a team option for next year that is unlikely to be picked up with a $1 million buyout. That’s not super cheap, but not crazy either. At least not as crazy as it seemed when he signed the deal back in 2008.

Rios isn’t tearing up the pea patch, but he’s been decent this year, hitting .293/.323/.412 with four home runs, 45 RBI, and 16 stolen bases over 110 games. In a world where offense is really hard to come by, you have to figure a contender may take a run at him now that he’s cleared.

  1. missthemexpos - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Toronto Reunion ?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Not likely. Is he an upgrade over Melky of Bautista?

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        They’ll give him a 2B glove. Glad you didn’t “jump” over Lawrie. :)

  2. 50milessouthofdetroit - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Detroit?

  3. skerney - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    It’s like it’s Sabes birthday.

  4. wogggs - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    So, if the Rangers work out a trade for him, does the player they are getting in return have to clear waivers, too (if it’s a major leaguer)?

    • deep64blue - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      Normally yes – any player on the 40 man roster has to clear waivers to be part of a trade, however the Rangers have the joint worst record in MLB so there’s a good chance they would be able to claim and win the other player on waivers!

  5. alongthegulf - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    This is a salary dump plain and simple. Just another stupid move by Daniels. I’m willing to bet if Rios was more of a home run hitter Daniels would be willing to pay his 12.5 mil salary. Beltre and Rios are the only reliable hitters the Rangers have. Daniels idea of baseball sure isn’t my idea of baseball. Daniels needs to be fired before the Rangers will see another World series. He’s single handily killing the Rangers!

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