ARLINGTON, Texas – Alex Rios understands that Wednesday night’s game with Texas could be his final one in a Rangers’ uniform.
Rios, who batted third for Texas, said he’s enjoyed his time with the club but understands that it’s a business and the outfielder is a commodity for a last-place team with the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday afternoon.
"You have to understand that part of it," Rios said of the trade talk. "You have to look at it as almost a stat. We like what we do. We love what we do. We enjoy it. At the end of the day it’s a day it’s a business. It’s like any other corporation or any other thing. I’m here to play baseball. I’m here to focus on what I have to do. The business side of it is something I don’t have to focus on. I just have to play."
Rios, who the Rangers acquired last year after clearing waivers, is hitting .305 with 43 RBI but he has just one home run. But he has a club-friendly option for next year at $13.5 million and with the outfield market thin, he could still be dealt.
The Rangers have already shown their sellers by trading pitchers Joakim Soria and Jason Frasor. Rios and lefty Neal Cotts could join that list two before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Rios, who has already been traded twice, is ready for what could be an uncertain Thursday.
"I would like to stay here," Rios said. "At the same time you have to understand the situation and a few other things. It is what it is and whatever happens happens."