Despite the Chicago White Sox being unable to trade Alex Rios, they still will try to move the outfielder next month.
Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that the White Sox will send Rios through waivers and if not claimed, they will try deal him.
At some point in August, the White Sox will put Rios through trade waivers. If nobody claims him, they can negotiate a trade with any team in baseball. If a team claims him, the White Sox will be stuck negotiating a deal with just that team.
Of course the White Sox can just give Rios and what is left on his contract to the claiming team.
Based on Rios’ quotes from the article, the right fielder doesn’t sound reassured at all that he will stay with the team. He “couldn’t tell … how deep [the White Sox] are going to go” in trying to move him.
Rios has spent the last four seasons with the White Sox. This season he holds a .273 batting average with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs.