Rangers decline option on Alex Rios
Alex Rios had a horrible season for the Texas Rangers in 2014. The outfielder suffered from injuries during the second of the season which hampered his production. Rios was due to make $14 million in 2015 if the team picked up his option, instead they chose to pay him $2 million.
The Rangers are declining outfielder Alex Rios’ $14 million option, as expected. The club chose instead to pay the $2 million buyout on the veteran outfielder, who now becomes a free agent. (CBS Sports)
Rios hit a respectable .280 this past year but his power numbers suffered greatly. He only hit four homers when prior to 2014 his career average was 16 per season. His stolen base total was down as well but it wasn’t as great as of a difference as many will make it out to be since he did miss the last month of the season.
Many will say injuries caused his power numbers do drop but those didn’t really kick in till the second half of the season. They’ll say that because he hit all four homers in the first half but in reality his homerun pace was well down at the mid-point.
What wasn’t down though is his extra ability to get extra bases, he hit 30 doubles and tied a career high with eight triples. That and his .280 average are the things that should get him a starting job with another team.
If Rios proves to be healthy he’ll earn a hefty salary for 2015, there’s got to be at least one team willing to take a chance that the power returns. Even if it doesn’t they’ve still got a pretty good hitter.