Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will sit out at least one week to deal with an infection in his right thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Given the Rangers’ position in the standings and the sudden resignation of manager Ron Washington, losing Rios hardly registers on the radar of concerns for the Rangers.
Rios, 33, has had a mediocre season at the plate, compiling his worst offensive season since 2011. In 521 plate appearances, he has mustered a .280/.311/.398 slash line with four home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. The Rangers have a $13.5 million option on Rios with a $1 million buyout for the 2015 season, which they will have to mull exercising. It’s the last leg of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract extension Rios signed with the Blue Jays in April 2008.
Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.
Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.
The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.
The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.