It was a trade that was long rumored to be talked about before the non-waiver deadline, one that would send Alex Rios to Texas. At the time, it appeared that asking price was to high for Texas, but after putting in the prevailing waiver claim on him, we heard from Jon Daniels that, in no uncertain terms, he didn't expect a move to be made. But then there was Dan Hayes from CSN Chicago.
Alex Rios has been traded to the #Rangers.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) August 9, 2013
Reportedly, the Rangers will receive Rios and $1 million in cash in exchange for a player to be named later. On the surface, that player would appear to be Leury Garcia, who has not cleared waivers and therefore can't be traded until a later date.
Garcia came into the season as a utility infielder, but was later sent down as Jurickson Profar took over that role. With Profar in that role and Ian Kinsler currently at second base, there was a logjam up top that made Garcia a tradeable asset. Furthermore, with Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas at AA Frisco, the time isn't too far away in which the Rangers will have even more infielders to choose from.
Alex Rios will give the Rangers a little more flexibility in the outfield, where left and right fields were rotating by committee in the absence of Nelson Cruz. He'll likely slide into right field as an everyday player, giving manager Ron Washington more flexibility to platoon players in left field as necessary.
If Garcia ends up being the only piece the Rangers part with in the deal for a player under team control through at least 2014, I'd consider it a win, as it's much less than the reported asking prices before the non-waiver deadline. At the same time, the White Sox get a young infielder that has some upside in an effort to begin rebuilding the team around guys like Chris Sale.
Texas finally got the extra bat they were looking for, and we'll see where that takes this team. I'd venture to bet that the real impact would come during any potential playoff run, as Nelson Cruz would be able to come back and slide into either a RF/DH role, depending on whether or not Lance Berkman is able to come back and contribute anything going forward. If Berkman can't go, Cruz can be the DH in the playoffs and the Rangers would need only to platoon in left field.
All in all, this has the look of a saavy move by the front office, and also one that will give the club some flexibility when looking for upgrades this upcoming offseason.
Welcome to Texas, Alex.