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Alex Rios | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/18/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Alex Rios said Friday that his injured thumb is feeling better, though he acknowledges it's a condition that he will have to manage throughout the season.
Rios jammed his thumb during Thursday's Cactus League contest, the same thumb that he had issues with during the 2014 season. Historically, thumb injuries have been known to sap a player's power, so make sure to factor that into your valuation on draft day if considering calling the veteran outfielder's name. Mar 27 - 6:49 PM

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Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
Mar 26 - 11:43 AM

Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League win over the Giants.

Rios singled in Eric Hosmer to break a scoreless tie, then stole second base but was stranded. He also doubled in the sixth inning before he was replaced with a pinch-runner. Rios, 34, is having a terrific spring, batting .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and two stolen bases.
Mar 22 - 7:03 PM

Alex Rios went deep for the third time this spring on Saturday against the Reds, finishing 1-for-2.

Rios is now 6-for-9 with seven RBI in three spring games. The veteran saw his power vanish last season, slugging a meager .398 with four home runs, so the Royals are hopeful his early results are indicative of a resurgence.
Mar 7 - 5:28 PM

Alex Rios went 3-for-4 and blasted his second home run of Cactus League play as the Royals topped the Indians 11-9 on Friday.

The 34-year-old outfielder has started his spring in impressive fashion, going 5-for-7 with a pair of homers and six RBI. His fantasy value is depressed after hitting just four homers and driving home 54 runs over 131 games in 2014, so there's profit to be had here if you believe in a rebound.
Mar 6 - 6:33 PM

Alex Rios homered and knocked in three runs in three at-bats to open Cactus League play against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Rios did the damage against his former team. He topped off a six-run first inning with a solo home run, then added an RBI double in the third and an RBI ground out in the fourth. Rios, 34, has seen his production tumble down in each of the last two seasons. If he's able to regain any of the power that vanished last year, he could still provide a decent amount of value as he can be counted on for 15-20 stolen bases.
Mar 4 - 6:25 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 03:15:00 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 08:12:00 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.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 08:47:00 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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:26:00 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.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 09:19:00 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.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 04:15:00 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.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 09:33:00 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.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 01:35:00 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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 01:17:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3J.C. Boscan
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Alex Liddi
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Mitch Maier
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Paulo Orlando
RF1Alex Rios
2Moises Sierra
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Edinson Volquez
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Joe Paterson
9Ryan Madson
10Franklin Morales
11Joe Blanton
12Brian Broderick
13Roman Colon
14Casey Coleman