Blue Jays to trade for their former outfielder Alex Rios?

In today's Blue Jays rumors and news update, the Toronto Blue Jays are initiating talks with the Texas Rangers in hopes of bringing former Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios back into the fold.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, "Rios is one of the best hitters in a thin market for middle-of-the-lineup batters, so it shouldn't come as a surprise Toronto, with three key injuries hurting them now, would check in. Yet, it is a bit ironic since the Blue Jays were thrilled in 2009 when the White Sox shocked folks and claimed the outfielder off waivers, taking a $69.835-million contract many believed was untradeable at the time."

Rios' stock has risen since 2009, however, as he is currently hitting .302 with four home runs and 42 RBIs for a currently-moribund Rangers squad.

"I'd recommend Rios," one AL scout said, via Heyman's article posted on Tuesday. 'You're not going to get much power, but he hits, he runs and he throws."

The Blue Jays seem well aware of his value, making overtures in order to facilitate his return to the team.

Rios is on a $12.5 million salary for 2014 with a team option in his contract for $13.5 million in 2015.


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