The Yankees and Mets are not mentioned among the five teams showing interest in Rangers OF Alex Rios (Heyman, July 31).
The Rangers have been working to trade Rios (Martino, July 29), his market is gaining momentum (Brown, July 30) and Texas will pay a portion of the roughly $5 million left on his deal to make get a deal done (Rosenthal, July 30).
Rios, 33, has just four home runs in 2014, compared to 18 in 2013. His team will hold a $13.5 million option on him for 2015, or they can buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent. The Mets are not on his six-team no-trade list (Cots Baseball Contracts).
Matthew Cerrone: I’m not convinced Texas really wants to trade Rios. Too many teams have checked in on him, only to lose interest. This smells like a team simply gauging the market, in advance of deciding what to do about his option. … Unfortunately, I have not heard the Mets connected to him at all >> Read more.