Texas Rangers Mailbag:
Was the Alex Rios deal really that good? He seems really lazy and doesn’t seem like he’s any better than just ok? - Daren
The Texas Rangers were able to acquire Alex Rios for almost nothing (sorry Leury Garcia). At this point in his career it’s very obvious he has flaws in his game and in his attitude. But the Rangers were fairly desperate having just lost their top power-hitter Nelson Cruz for the remainder of the regular season. The Rangers needed to do something – anything – to help generate offense. Alex Rios was it.
I think people are most turned off by Rios’ body language. He has a very nonchalant way of carrying himself. It looks like he doesn’t care. He does care. But he also gives up on plays. He doesn’t always give full effort either. He is highly talented but doesn’t always play like he’s highly talented. I admit that’s a pretty frustrating combination but the Rangers didn’t really have a lot of options.
The White Sox consider dumping Rios as addition by subtraction. And in many cases they are right. The White Sox are playing really good ball since the trade and give Rios full credit/blame for it. In no way would I want to build a team around a player like Rios. But the Rangers aren’t building a team – they are adapting on the fly to adverse circumstances. Rios fills a need.
The Alex Rios deal was a good one to make. Yes, he has major issues and he’s consistently fallen short of expectations at every stage of his career but he is still better than any other option the Rangers had/have. The Rangers have the best locker room in the league and are designed to handle these tough cases. He will not drag down the team like many in White Sox nation feel he did in Chicago.
Give him a chance because – we really don’t have much of a choice.
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