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Protoss
09-20-2014, 03:59 AM
What do you guys think of Alex Rios as a stopgap in left field? According to this article, the Rangers are very unlikely to exercise his $14 million option for 2015.

http://m.rangers.mlb.com/news/article/95194400/alex-rios-time-with-texas-rangers-could-be-winding-down

RedlegJake
09-20-2014, 09:52 AM
He's been in steady decline powerwise for a couple years now. I'd say no - it's a couple years too late.

Herzeleid
09-20-2014, 10:32 AM
5.9 BB% and .323 OBP in his career. I think we already have enough free-swingers on this team.

Protoss
09-20-2014, 12:48 PM
But he hasn't played since Sept. 4 because of a bruised right thumb that became infected. He has been dealing with that and a sprained ankle for most of the second half, which may explain why he has gone from hitting .305 with a .440 slugging percentage before the All-Star break to .211 with a .281 slugging percentage after.


Rios has had down years before. In 2011, he hit .227 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a career-low .348 slugging percentage. He came back strong in 2012, hitting a career-high .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs. His .516 slugging percentage was also a career high.

LD%
'12: 21.8%
'13: 21.4%
'14: 23.5%

HR/FB%
'12: 12.6%
'13: 10.1%
'14: 2.9%

I think the continuance of this anomaly is preposterous. So, my bet is that he will bounce back nicely in 2015.

Herzeleid
09-20-2014, 02:05 PM
Alex Rios (BB%)
2012: 4.1%
2013: 6.2%
2014: 4.4%

RedFanT
09-21-2014, 01:05 PM
He wouldn't be a horrible acquisition, but I think it's a mistake. He'll be 34 next season, has not had a good power season since 2012, and his offensive numbers are shrinking in one of the best hitter's parks in the league (Arlington Stadium). He has (according to baseball-reference) an average WAR of 0.8 the past two seasons. If this was 2006 Alex Rios, sure, but that is nowhere near the kind of productivity you want out of right field or someone you're paying $14 million for (or however much he'll command if the team buys out his contract). Basically, he's a slightly better version of Ryan Ludwick. If the Reds are going to pay out that kind of salary, I would hope we would acquire someone better than that.