Filling the Hole

Texas Rangers acquire outfielder Alex Rios in waiver trade with Chicago White Sox

Rangers acquire outfielder Alex Rios in waiver trade with White Sox

Alex Rios Traded To Rangers
Alex Rios is expected to fill the right field hole left by the suspended Nelson Cruz.  Photo by Keith Allison

The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox after claiming him off waivers August 8. The trade, which will send Rios and $1 million to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, was confirmed by CBSSports’ Jon Heyman on Twitter.

It is also being reported by Sports Illustrated that the player to be named later is second baseman Leury Garcia, though that is yet to be confirmed.

The 32-year-old Rios plays right field, where he is expected to fill in for Nelson Cruz, who is currently serving a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis steroid scandal. Through 109 games, Rios is hitting .277 with 12 home runs, 55 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

The Rangers begin a four-game road series against the Houston Astros on August 9. They currently sit tied atop the AL West with Oakland after winning four straight, including a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels for the second time in two weeks.