Mariners, Royals and Indians have shown interest in Rios

The Mariners, Royals and Indians are all among the teams that have called Alex Rios’ camp to check in on the free agent outifelder, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The market for Rios has developed rather slowly this offseason, but should start to come together with more of the top free-agent hitters coming off the board. Pablo Sandoval, Yasmany Tomas, Hanley Ramirez and Nelson Cruz have all found new homes already, while third baseman Chase Headley seems to be on the verge of signing somewhere in the near future.

That leaves Rios among the top remaining free agents in a somewhat thin market, particularly for hitters.  That said, Rios is coming off a season in which he posted a .280/.311/.398 batting line and only four home runs over 131 games before being shut down in September with a thumb injury.

Given that he will turn 34 years old in February, teams may be able to strike a bargain for Rios, though it’s unclear what type of production can be expected at this point in his career.

— Paul Casella

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