Friday, August 9, 2013

White Sox trade Alex Rios to the Rangers

Breaking news this afternoon: The White Sox have traded right fielder Alex Rios, along with $1 million, to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash.

Rios, who is hitting .277 with 12 home runs, 55 RBIs and 26 stolen bases this season, was scratched from the lineup moments before the first game of Friday's doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins.

I'm sure Sox fans right now are asking this question: What are we getting in return? Well, here's why the deal is for a player to be named later: It's likely the Sox are getting a youngster who would not clear waivers, so that is why the deal cannot be completed right now.

There are reports out there that Leury Garcia is going to be the prospect coming back to the Sox. The 22 year-old infielder has appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this year, hitting .192 in 52 at-bats. He's spent most of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, where he's hit .264 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 47 games -- 42 of them at shortstop. Garcia has a reputation as a good fielder whose bat still needs work. But right now, we're just speculating that he's the guy involved in the deal. We'll find out later.

What we do know is the trade of Rios clears a spot in the lineup for Avisail Garcia, who the White Sox recently acquired in the Jake Peavy trade. Since joining the Sox organization, Garcia has hit .370 with a home run and 9 RBIs in eight games at Triple-A Charlotte. As we've mentioned previously, Triple-A pitching is no longer a challenge for the 22-year-outfielder. It is time for him to come up to the big-league level and test himself against Major League pitching. I suspect Garcia could be in the lineup as soon as Friday in the second game of the doubleheader. If not, we'll see him at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.

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