The Rangers will decline Alex Rios’ option

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Another big shocker from the land of options: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are expected to decline Alex Rios’ $13.5 million club option for 2015.

Rios batted .280/.311/.398 with four homers over 131 games this season. He was mentioned in trade talks, but no one ever bit. Which isn’t surprising. It’s possible he could be useful for someone next season, but not at eight figures a year.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.