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Alex Rios to the Kansas City Royals: 1 year, $11 million

Jon Heyman tweets that the Royals have agreed with Alex Rios on a 1 year deal for $11 million

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Alex Rios, who had a disappointing 2014 season with the Texas Rangers, has agreed to a one year, $11 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter.

This is more than I think most of us were expecting...the Rangers paid him a $1 million buyout, instead of exercising a $12.5 million club option on Rios for the 2015 season.  The Royals are paying him just $1.5 million less than he would have made if the option had been exercised.

Rios, who turns 34 in February, put up just a .280/.311/.398 line in 2014 for the Rangers, while battling injuries and playing uninspired defense.  Rios was acquired by the Rangers in August, 2013, from the White Sox in exchange for Leury Garcia, filling the hole in right field that opened up when Nelson Cruz was suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis.

The Rangers appeared to have little interest in re-signing Rios.