Even though the Chicago White Sox were the most talked about team as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline approached on July 31, they still didn’t get all of their dealing done. They still carry outfielder Alex Rios. Some say that Rios has been over-hyped and that the White Sox’s price is way too high. Those people are half right. The price is too high but he was worth the hype and still is. After all there still can be trades with cleared waivers until the end of August. Teams might still be interested in Rios and one of those the White Sox should deal with is the Texas Rangers.
On Monday there will be a suspension handed down for Nelson Cruz so you know the Rangers are going to still look for some type of added offense. Word was that they wanted to do a major league player for major league player swap with the White Sox and that kind of deal can be done right now. The White Sox might even try to convince the Rangers to put newly acquired Matt Garza out there but that is doubtful. The Sox should go ahead and get a deal done with Rios now even though the price is lower than it was. The Rangers want and need offense so there is no better team to deal with.
If I were the White Sox GM, I would be all over the Rangers on Monday after the suspensions are dealt by MLB. There will be no better time to try and get some kind of return for Rios than in that situation by the Rangers. They were not able to deal him before the deadline so they already lost some value but Rios is still a good offensive contributor and likely would be even better playing for a contender. The Sox need to get something done before the end of August on Rios because the Rangers won’t be nearly as desperate in the winter time as they are right now.