Rangers Acquire Rios From White Sox Following Cruz’s Suspension

The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Alex Rios in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, four days after losing Nelson Cruz, their leader in home runs and runs batted in, to a 50-game drug suspension.

The Rangers said in a statement they’ll send a player to be named and an undisclosed amount of cash to the White Sox for the 32-year-old Rios, who is hitting .277 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI and 26 stolen bases this season.

A two-time All-Star, Rios joins a team that’s tied with the Oakland Athletics atop the American League Western Division with a 65-50 record.

Cruz was leading the Rangers with 27 home runs and 76 RBI when he was suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 for his connection to Biogenesis of America LLC, the Miami-area clinic accused of supplying players with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

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