Another year, another round of rumors for Rios
The Sports Xchange
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers ARLINGTON, Texas -- This isn't the first time Alex Rios has had to deal with trade rumors.
"There's not much to say," said Rios, who left Wednesday's game against the Yankees after being hit by a pitch in the left quadriceps. "I'm here to play baseball and focus on what I have to do."
The Rangers are sellers this year while stuck at the bottom of the AL West, and Rios has value as a corner outfielder with some pop in his bat.
"Pop" is a relative term. Though he's averaged 17 home runs over his 11-year career, Rios' power numbers are down this year. He's hitting .305, but with only four home runs and 41 RBIs.
A trade is not a foregone conclusion. Because of the lack of power numbers, there is some question about what the Rangers could get for him. Texas -- or any team that might trade for him -- holds a $13.5 million option for 2015, which isn't considered prohibitive in today's salary scale.
The Rangers also expect to contend next year with all of their injured players returning, but they aren't overflowing with corner outfielders.
Rios said he prefers to stay put, even though a trade would probably send him to a contender.
"It would be nice," said Rios, who was acquired last year to fortify the Rangers' outfield after Nelson Cruz was suspended for taking performance-enhancing drugs. "I would like to stay here, but at the same time, you have to understand the situation. Whatever happens happens."
----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers RECORD: 43-65
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Friday -- Rangers (RHP Jerome Williams, 2-4, 5.53 ERA) at Indians (RHP Danny Salazar, 3-4, 4.96 ERA)
--RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98 ERA) earned the victory in Texas' 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings. Lewis, who had arm and hip surgeries two years ago, has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. He's 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his last seven starts, but that includes giving up a club-record 13 runs -- 11 earned -- in a loss to the Angels earlier this month. "As the weeks have transitioned into the second half, every time I take the mound I feel like I'm getting stronger," said Lewis, 35. "I think it was definitely an adjustment period getting used to a prosthetic hip."
--SS Elvis Andrus is 9-for-20 in his last six games to raise his average from .260 to .268. Andrus, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday, has hits in 12 of his last 14 games and has reached base in 14 of his last 29 plate appearances.
--3B Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday. Beltre is hitting .238 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last 16 games has three hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
--1B J.P. Arencibia, who went 4-for-5 with seven RBIs on Tuesday, cooled a bit Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in Texas' 3-2 victory over the Yankees. Arencibia leads the majors with 16 RBIs since the All-Star break. He is hitting .250 since his recall from Triple-A Round Rock on July 17.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would like to stay here, but at the same time you have to understand the situation. Whatever happens." -- RF Alex Rios, reported to be a possible trade target of other teams.