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Out of Rangers' Plans, Rios Signs With Royals

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    TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 19: Alex Rios #51 of the Texas Rangers exits the game after suffering a leg injury in the first inning as he is led away by manager Ron Washington #38 and trainer Kevin Harmon during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 19, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    The Rangers once traded for Alex Rios to get them over the hump in a push for the playoffs.

    Yeah, I too can barely remember it.

    Things didn’t go as planned for Rios or the Rangers the last two years, and now the right-fielder has signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals.

    Texas traded for the former White Sox slugger in August of 2013 as it pushed for an AL West crown. But dragged down by injuries and a major power outage, Rios managed just 10 homers in 178 games over the last two seasons in playing his way out of the Rangers’ plans.

    Shin Soo-Choo will be the right-fielder next season. The Rangers still aren’t sure about their everyday left-fielder.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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