The Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers are involved in active talks involving outfielder Alex Rios, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Now that Texas has added starter Matt Garza, they have decided to focus on adding an offensive piece before next Wednesday's trade deadline. With fears that power hitter Nelson Cruz will face a suspension similar to the one handed out to Brewers' star Ryan Braun on Monday, Rios seems to be a perfect fit for the Rangers. The 32-year old is hitting .278 with 12 HR and 48 RBI in 95 games on the season, and is under team control through the 2014 season. He has also drawn trade interest from the Pirates, Red Sox and Diamondbacks, and is expected to be dealt before the deadline.
As of last week, ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reported that the White Sox were "extremely disappointed" with the offers that they were receiving for Rios. Because of the urgency of Cruz's situation and the lack of solid hitters available, the Rangers will likely increase their offer if they want Rios badly enough. As ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett writes, Texas could probably avoid giving up top prospects for Rios if they are willing to eat a substantial amount of the $25 million left on his contract.
In addition to Rios, the Rangers have been linked to available pieces like Alfonso Soriano (Cubs) and Justin Ruggiano (Marlins).
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