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Friday, October 17, 2014

Rangers Rumors: Rangers decline option on Alex Rios

By on 10/17/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Texas Rangers struggled to 67 wins in 2014 and finished 31 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Injuries were a huge contributor to the dismal season which featured an offense that was 17th in runs scored and a pitching staff that was 28th in ERA. One player who was plagued with injuries was outfielder Alex Rios, who will become a free agent after the Rangers decline the option on him for next season.

Our own CM Towle reported on September 22 that Rios, who struggled for most of the second half of the season with a thumb injury,  hopes to get healthy this off season and be a major contributor in 2015. But it appeared unlikely that he would return to the Rangers.

An update on Rios, as reported by Jon Heyman of, is that the Rangers are declining the $14 million option on him. Instead they will pay the $2 million buyout which makes him a free agent.

The Rangers got inquiries for Rios around the trade deadline, but because of his injuries teams wanetd the Rangers to pay some of the salary.

Rios, an 11-year Major League veteran, hit .280 with four home runs and 54 RBI this season. His numbers were a significant drop from 18 home runs and 81 RBI in 2013. Rios has played for the Blue Jays, White Sox and Rangers and has a career batting average of .278 with 165 home runs and 762 RBI.

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