Report: Rangers put in claim on White Sox outfielder Alex Rios
Some experts categorized the Rangers as trade deadline losers after failing to acquire a big bat for a lineup struggling at the plate and Nelson Cruz’s Biogenesis suspension looming. The Rangers reportedly have not ended their quest for a player to replace the offensive hole created by Cruz’s 50-game suspension.
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers were awarded their claim on White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported a claim for Rios, but did not identify the team.
After placing Rios on waivers Monday, the White Sox had 72 hours to work out a trade with the Rangers, simply allow him to join Texas or pull him back off waivers.
The Rangers had been linked to talks for Rios as an additional bat before the July 31 trade deadline but the $13.5 million the 32-year-old is due in 2014 may have scared them off.
Rios went on waivers on Monday. Means White Sox have until tomorrow to trade him or pull back off waivers and keep for rest of season.—
Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) August 08, 2013