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Rios, Cotts keep focus on Rangers

Alex Rios spent his off day Thursday preparing to be shipped away from the Texas Rangers, and the wife of left-hander Neal Cotts was fretting over contingency plans in case he was dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline.

Both players, though, learned just before the buses rolled for the charter flight that the Rangers didn’t bite on any offer for them. All of their worrying was for naught.

“It was good to get a good night’s sleep,” Rios said.

As Rios knows, though, players can still be traded until Aug. 31. Twice he has been dealt after the non-waiver deadline after he passed through waivers.

“I’m not off the hook yet,” he said. “As of right now, I’m content and focused on baseball.”

The Rangers hold an option on Rios for 2015 worth $14 million. There is some value there, considering the market for corner outfielders. General manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers talked to Cotts’ agent, Joe Bick, about an extension that would keep him from leaving via free agency in the off-season.

Cotts is open to returning for 2015.

“It’s been mentioned,” he said. “I would like to come back here. I enjoy the team and the organization. I honestly believe we’re going to be a much better ballclub next year.”