Alex Rios traded to the Texas Rangers as AL West race heats up

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Well, the American League West race just got a lot more interesting.

The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox, a move the Rangers were eyeing before the July 31 trade deadline but couldn't get worked out in time.

Already this week the Rangers lost their sluggingest outfielder to suspension (Nelson Cruz) and managed to tie the slumping Oakland Athletics atop the AL West, so making the move for another bat now is a good idea if Texas wants to make a run at the AL West crown again.

The White Sox are getting back a player to be named later, and are also sending a million dollars to the Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The White Sox, 43-69 and last in the AL Central, also parted with pitcher Jake Peavy before the trade deadline.

Rios was claimed off waivers by Texas on Thursday, but the two teams had agree to terms before a swap could happen — one of those revocable waivers trades. Some figured it was unlikely, considering they couldn't do it a few weeks ago. The chances were "smaller than a bread basket" one report said.

The bread basket must have been bigger than people thought because now the Rangers have another bat to join Adrian Beltre in the lineup. Rios is hitting .277/.328/.421 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs this season. The Oakland A's, who have lost six of their last seven game and let slip away a six-game division lead, can't be thrilled.

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