How Rangers-White Sox Alex Rios Trade Would Impact Each Team, AL Race

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How Rangers-White Sox Alex Rios Trade Would Impact Each Team, AL Race

The Texas Rangers have made a big splash in the waiver-trading period as they have acquired Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox.

The revocable-waiver trading period allows teams to put a player on waivers to see if anyone wants to deal. If a team places a claim on that player, the teams have 48 hours to work out a trade. If they don't, then players are pulled back from waivers.

Waiver deals aren't rare as we saw last year in the mega-deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But the question is, how would the trade impact each team and the AL race?

 

Why Did the Trade Happen?

The White Sox are out of the AL Central race as they sit 24 games back.

Their minor league system is depleted with only Courtney Hawkins among MLB.com's top 100 prospects.

Needless to say, a trade for prospects would be good for the White Sox.

Helping matters more for Chicago is the fact that Rios is still under team control next year, with a team option for 2015, according to Cot's Contracts.

Hurting the Rangers is the fact that outfielder Nelson Cruz accepted a 50-game suspension from MLB as part of the Biogenesis scandal. That hurts because Cruz was leading the club in home runs (27) and RBI (76).

Will the Rangers and White Sox work out a trade for Alex Rios?

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Will RIos be enough for the Rangers to turn their offense around?

 

How a Trade Would Impact Each Team, AL Race

For the White Sox, the trade only impacts them in terms of the player they get back and the financial relief involved.

They're not going to contend for a division title this year, so it's really about building for the future.

For the Rangers, the trade will make a huge impact for the team and the division race.

First, Texas is currently tied with the Oakland Athletics atop the AL West.

While the next 21 games aren't bad with series against Houston (seven games), Milwaukee, Seattle (six games) and Chicago, a stretch from Sept. 9-22 will be rough.

During that stretch, the Rangers will see great pitching from Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Having a good bat during that stretch will be huge, especially considering Rios has had decent success against those three teams in his career.

Second, it will provide the Rangers with a quality bat in the middle of the lineup. And if the players do allow Cruz back for the playoffs, the whole middle of the order would be that much more dangerous.

Not to mention, Rios would be a huge upgrade over Craig Gentry, David Murphy or Leonys Martin.

 

Verdict

I am surprised to see the Rangers being able to pull off a trade for Rios.

They weren't close during the non-waiver period, so it's hard to believe they were able to make a deal now.

Rios has the ability to contribute and help the Rangers win the AL West, and he will be a huge addition to the team in an area of clear need.

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