Alex Rios says he’d prefer to stay with White Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 10, 2013 9:27PM
Updated: July 10, 2013 10:23PM
DETROIT — Gordon Beckham saw Alex Rios’ six-hit game firsthand Tuesday, then heard all the buzz about it online, on TV and on social media. Beckham kiddingly shared how he heard Rios’ trade value climbed with each hit.
There’s no getting away from trade rumors, and Rios just smiled back. Manager Robin Ventura speculated that trade talk as the deadline approaches might have distracted the White Sox right fielder during his recent slump, but Rios said it hasn’t. It’s not that he doesn’t care if he’s traded. He repeated Wednesday that he prefers to stay in Chicago.
“I don’t think it’s going to affect your performance,’’ said Rios, who believes his .170 batting stretch over 47 at-bats before Tuesday’s historic night was a coincidence.
“I don’t think it affects you at all because I come to the field and do the same thing on a regular basis, and the approach I take is the same whether there are rumors or not.’’
Rios tied an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game. He was the fifth Sox player to do it and the first player to get four hits against Justin Verlander. He’s one of three major-leaguers to go 6-for-6 with two stolen bases.
“Maybe in a few days I’ll realize what an achievement it was,’’ Rios said. “But until now, I just think it was a good game, a great game.’’
Rios said he doesn’t have an inkling one way or the other whether he’ll get traded. He’s signed next season for $13 million with a club option for 2015.
“If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,’’ Rios said. “It’s one of those things you can’t control.
‘‘And when this kind of thing happens, you have to focus on your performance and work ethic either way. If you get traded, you still have to do the same things.’’
Rios has never played in the postseason, and if he gets dealt, it would be to a contender. But he’d prefer to stay in Chicago.
“I really like this place,’’ he said. “I know the situation is not the best, and it looks like something needs to be done, but I like it here.
“Chicago is a great sports town, first of all. The quality of life, living in Chicago, it’s a well-cultured city. I would like to raise my children in a city like that.
‘‘Baseball-wise, travel is not as bad [with a Midwest team], and the guys on the team are great. So it’s a perfect mix of things that makes it so great to play here.’’