The Kansas City Royals are evidently still weighing their options. Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers is in their line of sight now. If he really any better than who the Royals run out there now?
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Royals are interested in Rios.
royals looking at rios and other corner bats. kc 14th in al with .687 ops. http://t.co/22g0K7dyma
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 21, 2014
According to Clint Scoles of Pine Tar Press, the Royals would have to be creative in acquiring Rios.
#Royals are on Rios no trade clause. Likely would force KC to take option to acquire him.
— Clint Scoles (@ClintScoles) July 21, 2014
Alex Rios, who turned 33 in February, is owed about $3 million for this year, and has club option for $13.5 million in 2015. Scoles is hinting that Rios probably wouldn’t agree to a trade with the Royals unless Kansas City agrees to the option for next season. Scoles is on the right track here.
That seems like a lot of money to pay someone with pretty mediocre numbers.
Quite frankly, Rios would be even less help than Marlon Byrd, who is also in the Royals sights. Rios’ numbers are showing signs of aging. His slash line is okay – .302/.330/.435/.765 – but he only has 4 home runs and 42 RBI this season.
Rios does have 21 doubles, but he has into grounded into 16 double plays, and has WAR of .4. Jarrod Dyson has a WAR of 2.5. This option isn’t very appealing.
Just this morning, I wrote that if the Royals lose Monday to the Chicago White Sox, they should become sellers. That opinion still holds true for me. If the likes of Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios are the best bats the Royals think they can get, why bother.
Neither are a difference maker. They may be a slight upgrade, but even that is debatable. I don’t know if it is encouraging that the Royals are looking hard at options, or discouraging that they are looking at such mediocre players when much more will be needed.
Stay tuned for more Kansas City trade rumors are they leak out.