With the Cincinnati Reds continuing the downward spiral since the halfway point of the season, rumors continue to fly as to who the Reds may seek in a trade.
Several sources within the past few days have linked Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios as a possible player linked to a trade with Cincinnati, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Will Carroll of Bleacher Report.
Things heating up between Reds and Rangers regarding a possible Alex Rios deal, according to a very good source.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) July 27, 2014
Rios, 33, has been linked to the Reds in the past but has yet found himself in a Cincinnati uniform. The 11-year veteran has put together a very respectable career while playing for three American League teams. He has a .280 career average while hitting 165 home runs and and averaging just under 80 RBIs a season. He's shown flashes of both power and speed and his defense is in the upper half of his position, but at his age, those numbers will begin to decline.
One interesting thing to note is that if the Reds were to trade for Rios, they would most likely place him in left field as they have already filled positions in right and center with Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton, respectively. Rios, who has played in over 1,500 career game, has only made one appearance in left field back in 2010.
Another caution to the Reds would be the contract of Rios. His contract has a $13.5 million team option for next season which also includes a $1 million buyout, which is all but reasonable. If the Reds were to make a trade for the outfielder, it would most likely be for the thought of keeping him at least throughout next year as well.
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