Rangers likely to decline 2015 option on Alex Rios

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After a strong first half Alex Rios has been injured and ineffective in the second half and now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that “it appears increasingly likely” the Rangers will decline his $14 million option for 2015.

Texas would have to buy him out for $1 million, which would send the 33-year-old outfielder into the open market following a season in which he’s managed just four homers and 23 walks in 131 games for a measly .709 OPS despite a solid .280 batting average.

Rios has topped an .800 OPS just once since 2008 and his defense is no longer good enough to offset mediocre production, making him a so-so starting corner outfielder.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).