The Texas Rangers are fully expected to deal outfielder Alex Rios ahead of the deadline, and the New York Yankees are one club that is being mentioned in trade rumors. However, there is a stumbling block if the Yankees want to pick up Rios: They’re on his no-trade block list.
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweeted Rios’ block list, which contains the following six teams: the Yankees, A’s, Astros, Diamondbacks, Royals and Rockies.
Of those six teams, only the Yankees and Royals have looked like possible trade targets. The Reds and Mariners have also been mentioned in connection with Rios.
As always, we remind you that a team being listed on the no-trade block list does not necessarily mean a trade to that team can’t happen. It just means that the player would have to be persuaded to waive his no-trade clause.
It certainly helps a team like the Mariners to have potential competitors like the Yankees and Royals possibly eliminated from the Rios sweepstakes right from the get-go.
In a year where there aren’t a ton of great bats available, Rios looks pretty attractive with his .299/.328/.426 slashline and 43 RBI. He might be a nice addition to a team like the Mariners who are believed to be seeking a top-of-the-order bat.
The Yankees could use him too, but he has reservations about being dealt to New York. Guess he just doesn’t like traffic.