Rios's club option was not picked up for 2016, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
Rios missed a spattering of games this season due to a variety of health concerns, but his ability at the plate took a noticeable slip in 2015. His .255 batting average total was the worst mark he's submitted since 2009 (.247 in 2009 with Blue Jays and White Sox) and his .287 on-base percentage was the lowest total in his career. While he did have some nice moments during the Royals' World Series run, he's towards the back end of his career and could be in line for more of a platoon role with another team in 2016.
Royals outfielder Jonny Gomes was a late addition to Thursday's lineup against the White Sox, MLB.com reported.
Gomes will replace Alex Rios in right field due to Rios' sore back. However, it's unlikely his presence in the lineup will be consistent moving forward. He will bat eighth in Rios' place.
Royals outfielder Alex Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff back, MLB.com reported.
Rios will now receive the day off due to the issue, with Jonny Gomes replacing him in right field. There's nothing indicating the issue is serious, so it's possible he will require just minimal time to rejoin the lineup.
Royals OF Alex Rios is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Rios will rest for the first time in his 10 games since returning from a bout with the chicken pox.
He's been one of the hottest hitters in the lineup during that stretch, batting .361 with a pair of homers, four RBI, and a stolen base. Jonny Gomes will cover right field for Rios in Saturday's contest.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored in a 8-4 win over the Indians on Thursday.
The three-hit game extended Rios' hit streak to eight games and he's raised his average 14 points in that span. Along with the average boost, he has two home runs and four doubles in that span as well. In limited time, Rios has put together a pretty nice year, as he has a .265 average with four homers and eight steals in 91 games played this season. It seemed as though Rios had lost most of his fantasy relevancy over recent years, but he still has value in deep formats and in AL-only leagues.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Indians.
Rios has been swinging a hot bat since returning from an eight-game absence due to chicken pox. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in six straight games, with two homers and three RBI in that span. Rios also continued to punish Josh Tomlin, against whom he has now hit .429 (6-for-14) over his career, with tonight's round-tripper marking the first time he'd left the yard against the Indians' starter. Although he has only seen the field for 89 contests this season, Rios' experience should be a valued asset during the Royals' postseason run.
The Royals are targeting next week for the return of Alex Rios and Kelvin Herrera, reports MLB.com. Rios and Herrera are dealing with the chicken pox, but their symptoms have improved.
The illness that has inflicted Royals right fielder Alex Rios over the past few days has been identified. Rios has suffering from a bout of the chicken pox, which he picked up during the team's recent series in Tampa Bay.
Rios--along with 2015 All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera, who was also diagnosed with the virus--could miss up to two weeks, according to the Kansas City Star.
Neither player has been placed on the disabled list at this point, and with the rosters expanded on Tuesday, they may stay on the active roster.
Royals outfielder Alex Rios was held out of Sunday's lineup against the Rays, the team announced. Rios was also held out of Saturday's game because of an illness.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios has been scratched from Saturday's lineup due to an illness. Jarrod Dyson will take his place in right field against the Rays.
The severity of Rios' illness had not been made clear.
The first lineup casualty for the Royals in the wake of their acquisition of versatile Ben Zobrist is outfielder Alex Rios. He is not in the lineup Thursday in Toronto.
Rios, who has started every game since July 7, might need the break. He has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats and is hitless in five of his last six games.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios had three hits in four at-bats on Thursday, but it was in vain as the Royals dropped the game 4-3 to the Cardinals.
Still, it was a nice effort for Rios who singled twice, doubled, scored a run and drove in a run. Rios has been a hitting machine lately, batting an even .400 with five two-baggers over his last 10 games.
Royals outfielder Alex Rios ended a major home run drought during the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
The veteran outfielder connected for a solo home run off Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning to give Kansas City a 4-2 lead. It was his second home run and first since Opening Day. He had gone 42 games without a home run before hitting one Friday.
Rios finished 1 for 3 with a walk. He is batting .317 (13 for 41) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in 11 July games. He also has eight runs, three stolen bases, two walks and three strikeouts in that span.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios is still trying to find his stroke - it apparently can't be found on the road.
He is struggling mightily on his team's extended trip, which continues Monday night in Houston. He is batting .120 (3-for-25) over his last seven games as his average on the season has fallen to .211. He has also not homered since the opener on April 6.
Rios has just five home runs over his last 596 at-bats.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. Rios had started 11 of the last 12 games, and six straight.
Jarrod Dyson will replace Rios in right, starting for the 14th time this year. Dyson will bat eighth in the lineup.
Royals outfielder Alex Rios hasn't done well offensively since coming off the disabled list May 31.
Rios, who missed more than a month with a fractured hand, is batting just .148 (4 for 27) in eight games since his activation. He has no multihit games in that span. Rios has one double, no RBI, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts in his last eight games.
The Royals announced that outfielder Alex Rios was activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Rios had been out with a fractured hand since mid-April.
To make room for Rios, the Royals optioned outfielder Paulo Orlando to Triple-A Omaha. Orlando was hitting .241 with one home run seven RBI. He had a league-leading five triples, however.
What was anticipated is finally a reality - Royals outfielder Alex Rios is back in action. He is starting Saturday night against the host Cubs.
Rios has been out since April 13 with a fractured left hand.
It has been seven weeks since outfielder Alex Rios stepped onto the field with the Royals. Now it's down to just one day.
Ned Yost has announced that Rios will return to the lineup Saturday against the host Cubs, MLB.com has reported.
Rios has been out with a fractured left hand. He will replace Paulo Orlando as the starter in left field. He slammed nine hits in 28 at-bats before going down, then went 3-for-17 with Triple-A Omaha in his rehab assignment.
Royals right fielder Alex Rios will play for the club's Triple-A affiliate for the next two days before the team decides whether to activate him for Friday's game against the Cubs, per The Kansas City Star.
Rios is working his way back into form after fracturing his left hand. Before the injury, he was 9 for 28 with a home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases.
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