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August 08, 2013

Rangers claim Alex Rios on waivers

The Texas Rangers have reportedly claimed White Sox outfielder Alex Rios on trade waivers, and have until Friday to complete a trade for him.

The two sides discussed a Rios deal prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but nothing got too close. The Rangers essentially dropped out of the bidding a couple days before the deadline, although that was before Nelson Cruz accepted a 50-game suspension for receiving banned substances in the Biogenesis of America scandal.

Still, the asking price is likely to be high for Rios. The White Sox have a depleted farm system and don’t appear ready to simply dump Rios’ salary.

Last month, the White Sox asked for Jurickson Profar in a deal for Rios. Another proposal had the Rangers sending left-hander Martin Perez and right-handed prospect Luke Jackson back for Rios.

The White Sox are very high on Jackson, who went 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA over 19 starts with High A Myrtle Beach and was recently promoted to Double A Frisco.

So, with that sort of asking price, a deal seems unlikely despite Rios’ salary.

Rios is making $12.5 million this season and in 2014. There is a $13.5 million club option or $1 million buyout in 2015.

Rios is batting .277 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs over 109 games with the White Sox.

-- Drew Davison

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