White Sox release Wells, Rios claimed by unknown team

White Sox release Wells, Rios claimed by unknown team
August 8, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Alex Rios has been claimed off waivers on Thursday, per a media report.

Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said an unknown team has claimed the White Sox outfielder.

The White Sox also released outfielder Casper Wells and the Philadelphia Phillies claimed him. No trade was involved in Wells’ release.

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Rios is hitting .277 with 12 homers, 55 RBIs and he has stolen 26 bases in 109 games this season. The outfielder is set to earn $13 million next season and has a $13.5 million club option for 2015.

He has a .277/.328/.421 slash line even though he spent the better part of five weeks in a slump, which manager Robin Ventura thought might have been caused by Rios’ name constantly popping up in trade rumors.

Teams are restricted from comment on players involved in the waiver process.

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Once a player is claimed, the team who has requested release waivers has three options: they can pull the player back off waivers, release him outright or they may attempt to negotiate a trade with the claiming team.

Teams have a window of 72 hours to complete a trade with the claiming team.

The process is not uncommon in August as teams attempt to put most of their players through waivers in order to have the ability to trade them --- if necessary – before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.

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Players added to the 40-man roster after Sept. 1 aren’t eligible to participate in the postseason.

Wells had 11 hits in 66 at-bats with an RBI in 38 games since he was claimed off waivers in April. He also pitched a scoreless inning in relief in a blowout loss on June 28.

Either move could be an attempt to make space on the 25-man roster for Avisail Garcia, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 30 as part of a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox.

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Garcia has a .417/.517/.625 slash line with a triple, homer and nine RBIs in seven games at Triple-A Charlotte since the deal. He’s hitting .385 with seven homers and 36 RBIs overall in the minors this season.

At the time of the deal, general manager Rick Hahn said the team sent Garcia to Triple-A only because the White Sox didn’t have four at-bats available and they wanted him to continue to develop and play on a regular basis.