Royals sign Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of veteran outfielder Alex Rios to an $11 million, one-year deal Friday that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season.
Rios, who will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki, will make $9.5 million this season. The deal includes $12.5 million the following year with a $1.5 million buyout.
The 33-year-old Rios should provide more pop to a lineup that lacked home-run hitters last season. He's part of an offseason spending spree by the AL champs that includes the signing of Kendrys Morales to a $17 million, two-year deal to become their designated hitter.
Rios hit .280 with four homers and 54 RBIs for Texas last season.
The Royals have also signed pitcher Kris Medlen, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, and agreed to terms with pitcher Edinson Volquez.