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15 Alex Rios RF
Height/Weight: 6-5/210 | Birthdate: 2/18/1981 | Birthplace: Coffee, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $12,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 75/33 | Average Draft Position: 192.88
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Royals' Yost: Cain, Gordon, Hosmer, Rios all candidate to bat second


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost listed Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios as viable candidates to bat second in the lineup this season, reports the Kansas City Star.

Gordon, Rios never batted second last season. Cain had only only 13 plate appearances at the No. 2 spot in 2014. Hosmer played 33 games and logged 144 plate appearance at the No. 2 spot in 2014, slashing .275/.326/.344 in those appearances.


Royals OF Alex Rios confident he will hit for power in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Royals outfielder Alex Rios is coming off a down season offensively in 2014, particularly in the power department as he hit just four home runs in 131 games with the Rangers.

Injuries had a lot to do with Rios' offensive decline last season, but he fully expects his power swing to return in 2015, per the Associated Press.

"I played through the second half of the season with two injuries, actually. I had a bad ankle and my thumb was swollen up and I had to get surgery," Rios said. "I believe it did affect me. I didn't want to use it as an excuse, but I really believe it affected my performance during the second half. I believe if I was healthy, I could have done better."

Kauffman Stadium is not an ideal park for power hitters, as the club record for home runs is 36 and no Kansas City player has hit 30 home runs since Jermaine Dye had 33 in 2000. However, Rios is confident he will be able to hit for power at Kauffman Stadium.

"You know what, in my career I've been able to hit for power -- gap-to-gap power -- and I think this is the right ballpark to do this type of thing," Rios said. "I think this is a ballpark that all of us as offensive players can take advantage of because of how the gaps are."


Royals' Moore: Alex Rios capable of hitting 40 doubles at Kauffman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB Network Radio on Thursday that he feels Kauffman Stadium will be great for outfielder Alex Rios, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason.

"We tried to acquire Torii Hunter. When that fell through, with Alex Rios, we felt he fit our ballpark and style of play," Moore said. "He is capable of hitting 40 doubles."

Rios has hit .271 with a .335 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage, .763 OPS, three triples, five home runs, 12 doubles and 15 RBI in 53 career games at Kauffman Stadium.


Royals agree with OF Rios on option for 2016


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Royals could have newly acquired outfielder Alex Rios sticking around for a second season. He has officially signed a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2016.

Rios lost his power in 2014. He hit just four home runs, but still finished with a respectable slash line of .280/.311/.398 and ripped 30 doubles.


Alex Rios signs one-year deal with Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Royals have signed outfielder Alex Rios to a one-year deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Rios will make $11 million next season. The 33-year-old hit .280/.311/.398 over 492 at-bats with the Rangers last year. With the move, Rios returns to the AL Central, where he played between 2009 and 2013. Rios will take over in right field after the team lost Norichika Aoki to free agency.


Mariners, Royals, Indians among teams checking in on Alex Rios


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Mariners, Royals and Indians are among the teams that have "checked in" on outfielder Alex Rios.

Rios became a free agent at the end of October after the Rangers bought out his contract for $1 million. The 33-year-old slashed .280/.311/.398 over 492 at-bats last season.


Rangers decline option on Alex Rios


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Rangers have declined an option on outfielder Alex Rios, according to Sportsnet. 

Rios was due $13.5 million for 2015. Instead of paying him, the team opted to buy out his contract for $1 million. The 33-year-old will look to hook on with another team this offseason. Rios hit .280/.311/.398 over 492 at-bats last season.


Report: Rangers decline option on OF Alex Rios


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) What was previously reported has apparently played out - the Rangers have declined the team option on outfielder Alex Rios, per CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Rios proved highly disappointing during an injury ravaged season for his team in 2014. He managed a respectable stat line of .280/.311/.398, but he slugged just four home runs, none after July 6. He scored a career-low 54 runs and also drove in 54, his second-lowest total.

He will now try to maximize his potential in free agency.


Report: Rangers to allow Alex Rios to test free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Rangers are expected to decline their 2015 option on outfielder Alex Rios, who experienced a stunning power outage this year, per MLBDailyDish.com. The move will save them $13.5 million.

Rios managed a stat line of .280/.311/.398, but compiled just 54 RBI in 492 at-bats. He did not homer after July 6 and finished the season with four. Rios lost the last month to a thumb injury.


Alex Rios' season is over


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers outfielder Alex Rios has been shut down for the remainder of the season. Rios has been out since Sept. 4 with an infected thumb.

Rios played 131 games for Texas this season and hit .280 with four home runs, 54 RBI, 54 runs and 17 stolen bases.


'Increasingly likely' Rangers part ways with Alex Rios


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios "most likely" won't be back with the team next season, MLB.com reports.

The Rangers hold a $14-million option on Rios for 2015, but "it appears increasingly likely" the team will instead pay the $1-million buyout. Shin-Soo Choo is expected to shift to Rios' position next season.

"I'm just waiting to see what will happen," Rios said. "The team has to make the decision. You don't know if they are going to try going the free-agent route or go with a farm product. It's tough to tell."

Rios is questionable to play again this season due to a thumb injury.


Alex Rios out a week due to a thumb injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will be sidelined for a week with a thumb infection, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rios will be out for one week due to the injury. He's been bothered by the injury for some time now. Rios is hitting .280/.311/.398 over 492 at-bats.


Rangers resting Alex Rios on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Right fielder Alex Rios is out of the lineup for the Rangers on Friday night against Seattle. Ryan Rua is set to man the position instead.

Rios owns a .280/.311/.398 stat line, but has not homered in two months.


Alex Rios returns to lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was back in the starting lineup Friday against the Astros, after missing the team's previous game with a thumb injury.

Rios wanted to play in Thursday's game, but was held out as a precaution, so it is not a big surprise to see him back in the lineup. He is batting third and starting in right field for the second game of the series.  


Alex Rios sitting due to thumb


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rios will miss the game due to a thumb injury. Rios indicated he wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington thought it was for the best to hold him out. Washington expects Rios to start Friday. 


Alex Rios ends slumber at the plate with single, double


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Alex Rios is still waiting for his first home run since July 6, but the Rangers outfielder did emerge from a long slump Wednesday in Miami.

Rios managed his first multi-hit game since July 29 with a single and run in the first inning and two-run double in the second. He had been on a 6-for-50 slide.


It's 'thumbs-up' for Alex Rios against Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is back in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Miami. Thumb ailments have limited him to just one at-bat since Sunday.

Rios hopes he can pick it up upon his return. He has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 29 and is 6 for 50 since.


Alex Rios strikes out in only at-bat Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios struck out in his only at-bat Tuesday after being scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury before the game.

Rios took the field as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the ninth and struck out in the top of the 10th. The Marlins broke through for a win in the next half-inning. Rios has hit .284/.313/.399 with four home runs, 49 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats.


Alex Rios scratched with thumb issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was scratched with a thumb injury Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rios has been dealing with the issue for a while, but has been able to play through it. He was unable to hit prior to the game Tuesday, which is why he was scratched. Rios is hitting .284/.313/.400 over 443 at-bats. 


Alex Rios returns to action Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios has returned to action Wednesday. 

Rios is dealing with an ankle injury. He's not ready to play the field just yet, so he'll serve as the designated hitter during Wednesday's game. Rios is hitting .293/.323/.414 over 423 at-bats.


Alex Rios expected to return to lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is expected to return to the starting lineup Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Rios could return to right field or fill the designated hitter slot. He could have to deal with the aftereffects of his sprained ankle all year, which would leave manager Ron Washington having to juggle DH time for both Rios and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo moving forward.


Alex Rios forced out yet again by ankle injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is out of the starting lineup yet again Tuesday against the Rays, the fourth game in five he has been forced to sit out due to an ankle injury.

Rios played in Sunday's game but was forced to leave as a result of the injury, which has bothered him since aggravating it last week. This issue has bothered him over the last three weks. 


Alex Rios could return as soon as Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios visited a specialist and could return to action as soon as Tuesday against Tampa Bay, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rios suffered a setback in his first game back from injury on Sunday. He has missed four of the last five games. He hit .294 with four homers and 46 RBI in 422 at-bats.


Alex Rios absent from lineup against Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Rangers right fielder Alex Rios is set to sit again Monday against Tampa Bay with an ankle sprain that knocked him out of the Sunday game. He is set to be examined by a specialist.

Rios has added a slump to the power outage that has plagued him all season. He has just four hits in his last 29 at-bats.


Alex Rios suffers setback with ankle injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios left Sunday's game against the Astros after aggravating a right ankle sprain on a slide at the plate in the fourth inning. He will be further evaluated Monday.