Rangers make waiver claim on White Sox’s Rios, but deal seems unlikely

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Alex Rios was claimed on trade waivers by the Texas Rangers on Thursday, according to multiple reports, although it seems unlikely that they will be able to work out a trade with the Chicago White Sox to acquire him by Friday’s deadline.

The Rangers and White Sox discussed potential trades for Rios leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, but nothing developed and the Rangers dropped out of the mix a couple days before the deadline.

Now, the Rangers and White Sox have 48 hours from when the claim was made to work out a deal.

The White Sox wanted quite a bit in return for the 32-year-old right fielder before the trade deadline and the Rangers weren’t interested in meeting those demands. However, that came before Nelson Cruz accepted a 50-game suspension for receiving banned substances in the Biogenesis of America scandal.

One package had the White Sox asking for Jurickson Profar, the game’s top prospect going into this season, from the Rangers. Another had them wanting left-hander Martin Perez and right-handed prospect Luke Jackson as part of a return package.

The White Sox are high on Jackson, who went 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA over 19 starts with High A Myrtle Beach before his recent promotion to Double A Frisco.

So the asking price likely won’t come down too much, and the White Sox don’t appear to be looking for a salary dump. They need prospects to replenish a depleted farm system.

Rios is making $12.5 million this season and in 2014. There is a $13.5 million club option or $1 million buyout in 2015.

Rios is batting .277 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs over 109 games with the White Sox, and would help fill the void left by Cruz.

For now, the Rangers are going with internal replacements for Cruz, and remain hopeful that designated hitter Lance Berkman can return healthy and productive later this month.

Briefly

• The Oakland Athletics received infielder Adam Rosales on a waiver claim Thursday. Rosales, who spent three days with the Rangers but did not appear in a game, was designated for assignment Monday. The Rangers acquired him on a waiver claim from the A’s on Friday.

• The Rangers announced the minor league award winners for July. Short A Spokane right-hander David Ledbetter was named pitcher of the month; Triple A Round Rock infielder Alex Buchholz was named player of the month; Low A Hickory outfielder Lewis Brinson was named defender of the month; and High A Myrtle Beach right-hander Francisco Mendoza was named reliever of the month.

• Oakley, the official eyewear of the Rangers, has a sweepstakes for a unique fan experience for the Sept. 26 game at The Ballpark. More information can be found at www.oakley.com/allaccess.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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