Texas Rangers' outfielder Alex Rios has cleared revocable waivers, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. The 33-year-old is now able to be dealt to any team, though an acquiring club would have to deal for him by August 31st in order for him to be eligible for the postseason roster.
While Rios could provide a quality return for the Rangers, Texas could also choose to keep him, as Rios carries a very reasonable $13.5 million team option for next season. The former All-Star has been slightly disappointing this season, hitting .293/.323/.412 with a 102 OPS+, 16 stolen bases, and a league-leading 8 triples, though he has been a negative on defense, leading to just a 0.4 WAR. Rios was hitting for a fantastic .822 OPS through the start of June, but has hit just .267/.294/.347 since. He posted a 104 OPS+ and 3.1 WAR in 156 games with the Rangers and White Sox last season.
Rios was the subject of plenty of trade rumors last month, but Texas ultimately chose not to deal him in time for last week's July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Of course, now that Rios has cleared revocable waivers, the Rangers don't seem to have missed out on anything. The Mariners, Reds, Giants, Yankees, and Royals are among the clubs that have shown interest in acquiring Rios.