CLEVELAND -- Though teammates did a mock countdown as the clock struck 3 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, Alex Rios was on alert until the non-waiver trade deadline passed.
Despite a boatload of rumors that suggested he’d be moved, the White Sox outfielder wasn’t traded. It was actually a pretty quiet day on the Rios front as the Texas Rangers showed no interest and deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, who reportedly emerged as suitors on Tuesday, didn’t materialize.
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Now that a lengthy six weeks of rumors has come to an end, which Rios admits were a distraction at times, he’s ready to move on.
“You have to wait until the end,” Rios said. “The last couple of hours are the most active hours of the deadline. So I just had to wait it out. … Now there’s not going to be too much obviously trade talks and I think it’s going to be just time to play ball and just focus in on that.”
Rios, who is hitting .272 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs this season, still could be moved through waivers before Aug. 31. Or he could be traded this offseason, which is a strong possibility because the White Sox main acquisition this month is Avisail Garcia, whom they see as their future right fielder.
Asked about his future with the club, whom Rios said he’s happy to stay with despite the team’s poor season, the outfielder is uncertain.
“I couldn’t tell you,” Rios said. “I don’t know how deep they are going to go into whatever they want to do. But as of right now, I’m part of the team and I’m going to do everything possible to win games and to do well. … We are not in the best situation right now. We are losing a lot of games and this is not fun to lose games. If something had happened and I went to a winning team and a team that was going to be able to contend, it would be nice. That’s our goal. Our goal is to go out there and win games and that’s what every ballplayer wants to do. I think it would have been refreshing too. But I’m cool staying here. I like this place and everything about it I like.”