Jon Morosi of FOX Sports noted yesterday that outfielder Alex Rios turned down a two-year deal from the Mariners during the past off-season because he wanted to play for the Royals, who offered him only one guaranteed year plus a mutual option for the 2016 season worth $12.5 million. He inked the deal back in December.
It turned out to be a solid decision on the part of Rios, as the Mariners failed to reach the playoffs while the Royals are headed back to the World Series for a second consecutive year.
Rios, 34, posted a disappointing .640 OPS during the regular season but has hit .333 in 33 at-bats in the post-season. The 12-year veteran hadn’t played in the post-season until this year.
Given how Rios performed over a large regular season sample, one wonders if the Royals might prefer to buy out his contract at $1.5 million rather than bring him back for his age-35 season for $12.5 million.