Alex Rios may stay with the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the 2013 season but it is worth noting that someone placed a claim on him.
UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers put in the waiver claim on Rios.
Sources: #WhiteSox’s Alex Rios claimed on waivers. Claiming team not known. Owed $13M next season with $13.5M club option in ’15. MORE
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 8, 2013
The White Sox had plenty of time to trade Rios, 32, leading up to the July 31 trade deadline but opted to keep the outfielder. Rios is under contract though the 2015 season.
Under waiver rules the White Sox can only attempt to work out a trade with the Rangers. If a trade is not reached the White Sox have the option to either let him go to the Rangers for nothing, or pull him off waivers thus keeping him.
In 109 games this season Rios is hitting .277/.328/.421 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI. Rios is 26-for-32 on the basepaths.
Rios is owed $12.5 million a year 2014 and 2015 and a trade would increase his salary by another $500,000 per season.