Alex Rios is heading to the Lone Star State…
The Texas Rangers have acquired the 32-year-old Puerto Rican Major League Baseball shortstop from the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox will send $1 million to Texas toward Rios’ salary, according to ESPN sources, while receiving either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
“I’m going to go to a team that is fighting for a playoff spot,” said Rios about his trade. “I believe it’s going to be refreshing. I believe they are hoping to win their division and go to the playoffs so let’s see what happens.”
The player to be named later is expected to be Dominican shortstop Leury Garcia, according to sources.
The Rangers put in a waiver claim for Rios on Thursday. According to Rangers manager Ron Washington, when he’s inserted into the lineup, he’ll bat sixth and play right field.
“He’s a good fit for us,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We had interest in him prior to learning of Nelson’s suspension and continue to have interest him and we were able to work out a deal.”
Rios’ contract allowed him to block trades to six teams, but Texas was not on the list. He is owed $13 million next season and the remaining portion of his $12 million salary this season. He has a $2 million buyout for 2015. A trade clause in his contract boosted his 2014 and 2015 salary, as well as the 2015 buyout.
“It was a great ride,” Rios said of his time in Chicago. “I enjoyed my whole time here. I had many great moments here. So, I’m going to miss this place.”
Rios is sixth in the American League with 26 steals and he’s tied for fifth in the league with eight outfield assists.
“He’s a complete player,” Washington said. “He’s solid outfielder. He’s a tremendous baserunner. He just gives us completeness. That’s what we needed.”