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|2015 (Team Option)
||$13.5 million* ($1 million buyout)
*If Rios is traded, a $500,000 trade kicker increases the option to $14 million
Alex Rios has been the Bret Saberhagen of batters, alternating great seasons with mediocre ones throughout his career. After a phenomenal 2012 and a hot start this year, it looked like the 32-year-old was about to buck that trend.
Then the end of May hit, and Rios' bat went cold.
How bad has it been?
Take a look at how his numbers stack up against another high-profile right fielder, beginning with games on May 25, the last time Rios had an OPS over .900 this season:
Those aren't pretty numbers—for either player.
It's that slump, along with his salary, that has led to the White Sox receiving disappointing offers* from interested parties so far. (*ESPN Insider subscription required to view full article.)
But the closer we get to the trade deadline, the more that will change.
Rios hits both left-and-right-handed pitching equally well, something that he's done consistently throughout his career, and both his power and speed are legitimate.
He hasn't played center field in a few years, but could if a team needed him to. He is a solid defender capable of manning all three outfield positions and has a fantastic throwing arm.
For a team in need of power from the right-side of the plate or an upgrade in the outfield, Rios is about as complete a player as they'll find available.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Rios has a limited no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block trades to six teams: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, New York (AL) and Oakland.
While the Yankees are on that list, the team certainly has the financial wherewithal to convince Rios to waive his no-trade clause, perhaps by guaranteeing to pick up—or not pick up—that team option for 2015.
Aside from the Yankees, whose interest is only speculative, Rios has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Texas.