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Alex Rios Acquired by Texas Rangers

Alex Rios Acquired by Texas Rangers

Alex Rios will wear the blue and red of the Texas Rangers for the rest of 2013.

Outfielder Alex Rios finally found a trade destination. The Chicago White Sox have traded Rios and $1 million to the Texas Rangers for cash or a player to be named later, as first reported by CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes.

Rios was reportedly near the top of the Pittsburgh Pirates' trade deadline wish list. After the July 31 deadline, the Pirates were too low on the waiver wire to claim Rios before the Rangers did.

Reports had the trade's player to be named later as Leury Garcia, a speedy young shortstop with a strong arm from the right side of the infield. Garcia, 22, has been ranked as a C+ prospect and not one of the Rangers' Top 20 farmhands. The Dominican native is 5-foot-7 with little power at the plat...

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