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Alex Rios | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/18/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February. Dec 19 - 3:15 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals have agreed to terms with Alex Rios on a one-year, $11 million contract.

Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with a lowly four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. Going from Texas to Kansas City isn't the best recipe for a revival, but the veteran outfield isn't a bad gamble on a one-year deal. Rios, who will turn 34 in February, had 18 homers, 81 RBI and 42 steals for the Rangers and White Sox in 2013.
Dec 15 - 8:12 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Alex Rios remains on the Mariners radar.

After missing out on signing Melky Cabrera, it's expected that the M's will now devote their attention to Rios to fulfill the hole in their outfield. Despite a down season in Texas where Rios swatted just four home runs, he did still hit .280/.311/.398 and would add another proven bat to the lineup.
Dec 14 - 8:47 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners, Royals, and Indians are among the teams in on free agent outfielder Alex Rios.

These are the exact same teams Heyman reported were interested in Rios over the weekend, so it appears that Scott Boras hasn't been able to drum up new interest in his client yet. The 33-year-old is coming off a down season in which he batted .280/.311/.398 with just four home runs over 131 games.
Dec 10 - 11:26 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners, Royals, and Indians are among the teams who have checked in on free agent outfielder Alex Rios.

We haven't heard much about Rios so far this offseason, but his market should begin to develop now that most of the big-name bats have signed. Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. He turns 34 in February, so it's fair to ask how much rebound potential he has at this point, but it shouldn't cost too much to find out.
Dec 5 - 9:19 AM

Rangers declined OF Alex Rios' $13.5 million option for 2015.

He'll receive a $1 million buyout instead. Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. Even with the power outage, he shouldn't have trouble finding a starting job this offseason.
Oct 31 - 4:15 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have informed Alex Rios that they will decline his $13.5 million option for 2015.

An expected move, Rios will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The 33-year-old outfielder batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. However, he should be able to find a starting gig somewhere this offseason.
Oct 15 - 9:33 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are expected to decline Alex Rios' $13.5 million club option for 2015.

No official decision has been made yet, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com had a similar report last month. Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. His 2015 option can be bought out for $1 million.
Oct 8 - 1:35 PM

Alex Rios (thumb) will not play again this season.

It had been looking that way for a while, and the Rangers officially decided to shut him down on Sunday. The club is not expected to pick up Rios' $14 million option for 2015, so it appears that his tenure in Texas has come to an end. He batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season.
Sep 21 - 1:17 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan said it is "increasingly likely" the Rangers will part ways with Alex Rios this winter.

Rios has a $14 million option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout, and with Shin-Soo Choo expected to transition from left to right field there may not be room for Rios on the roster next year. Rios has struggled to a .211 average and .281 slugging percentage in the second half of the season, another thing that could factor into the Rangers' decision to part with the 33-year-old. Rios would likely garner a fair amount of interest on the free agent market if he were to be let go.
Sep 17 - 11:13 PM

The Rangers are unsure when Alex Rios (thumb) will be ready to return to the lineup.

Rios hasn't played since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury and it's possible he won't return at all this season. He did travel with the club on their current road trip, but his status is very much up in the air. With Michael Choice (hamstring) also done for the season, the Rangers started Daniel Robertson in right field Tuesday.
Sep 16 - 10:52 PM

Alex Rios went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Rios doubled among his three hits, his 30th double of the year. After dealing with an ankle injury, the stolen base was nice to see. The steal was his first since July 13 and his 17th of the year. Rios has been plagued by a number of bumps and bruises this season, and his .282/.313/.402 line reflects his ailments.
Sep 2 - 11:20 PM

Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Rios also doubled in the game, something of a trend for him -- he's now got six doubles in his last nine games, and 29 doubles on the year. The outfielder is hitting .280/.310/.400 with 53 RBI and 54 runs scored overall.
Aug 31 - 6:34 PM

Alex Rios went 1-for-5 with a double and a pair of runs scored in his return to action on Friday.

Rios sat out the previous couple of games due to his bruised thumb giving him trouble yet again. It has been a bit of a disappointing season for the dynamic outfielder who is hitting .280/.309/.399 with just four home runs and 52 RBI.
Aug 30 - 5:18 AM

Alex Rios (thumb) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Thursday.

Rios wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington elected to hold him out one more day. The outfielder is expected back in action on Friday. Jim Adduci is in right field Thursday in Rios' place.
Aug 28 - 6:13 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Yohan Pino
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson