The Rangers are declining outfielder Alex Rios' $14 million option, as expected. The club chose instead to pay the $2 million buyout on the veteran outfielder, who now becomes a free agent.

Word is, the team has informed Rios of its decision, which would not come as a surprise to him following a year in which he struggled with thumb and ankle injuries. Rios has been a solid all-around player throughout his career, but the unproductive second half left Texas little choice.