Rios, Cotts happy to still be with Rangers

Rios, Cotts happy to still be with Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Rangers outfielder Alex Rios admitted Thursday was a hectic day.

"I was packing stuff just to be ready," Rios said.

Reliever Neal Cotts said the day was tougher on his wife, Jaime.

"She gets all stressed out about stuff," Cotts said.

Turns out there was nothing hectic to get stressed out about. The Rangers had discussions with other clubs about both players, but nothing happened before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I'm not off the hook yet," Rios said. "There is another month to go. Right now I'm focused on what I have to do here. I'm just going to go with the flow. I'm here, and that's the only thing I'm focused on."

Players can be traded in August if they clear waivers. Or they could be traded to the team that makes the waiver claim.

Rios also could still be with the Rangers next season if they pick up his $13.5 million option. The veteran said he is not worried about playing well enough to convince the Rangers to pick up the option.

"I don't think I have to prove anything," Rios said. "I have played this game quite a bit and had an OK career. It's their decision whether they bring me back or not. I'm not here to judge what they do. If they have plans for me, good. If not, that's their opinion. I'm here to play the game."

Cotts is a free agent after the season, but the Rangers have had initial discussions about bringing him back next season. Cotts would be open to that.

"I would like to come back," Cotts said. "I enjoy the team and the organization. I honestly believe we are going to be a much better ballclub next year. It's a tough division, but I believe we can be competitive."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.