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Texas Rangers Alex Rios Clears Waivers

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riosTexas Rangers’ outfielder Alex Rios has cleared waivers, which will allow a potential trade for Rios to take place, according to a source for ESPN Dallas.

The Rangers have a team option for Alex Rios for the 2015 season, which general manager  Jon Daniels has said he is not against picking up. Daniels has also said, however, that he is not against trading players set to become free agents at seasons end.

Rios, who is hitting .292 with 4 homers and 45 RBIs, was the subject of trade rumors leading up to the July 31st non waiver trade deadline.

“I’m not off the hook yet,” Rios said on Aug. 1. “There’s still another month to go, but I’m content and focused on the things I have to do.”

Rios has also indicated that he has a desire to remain with the Rangers in 2015.

“I don’t have to prove anything,” Rios said. “I’ve played this game for quite a bit now. I think I’ve had an OK career. It’s their decision whether they want to bring me back or not. I’m not here to judge; I’m here to focus on playing the game. If they have plans for me, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s their opinion or their way to see things. I’m here to play the game.”

Rios has also added 16 stolen bases to the Rangers offense this year, in addition to his production at the plate. Rios is a strong outfielder and will almost certainly garner some interest from teams around the league, especially teams still trying to find one extra productive bat to help them get to, and hopefully advance deep into, October baseball when the time comes.

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