The Royals have been looking for outfield help this offseason, whether or not they got it by signing Alex Rios remains to be seen.
On Monday the Royals signed the 34-year-old to a one-year deal worth $11 million after he hit a pathetic .280/.311/.398 with four home runs over 521 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2014.
I will be as critical as necessary on this one. Alex Rios has been and will continue to be one of the most over paid players in baseball.
Rios’ agent is a genius. I figured $2.5 million guaranteed with a lot of incentives but Rios hit it well out of the park. He does come with some nice attributes as Rios offers speed, he can hit when he feels like it but overall the guy is frustrating and simply overpaid.
The Royals refused to bring back Billy Butler for the 2015 season…. and then signed Rios. Figure that one out because I am stumped.
If there is one good thing about this deal for the Royals its that they did not sign him to more than one year as the Braves did with Nick Markakis.