Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios scores on a single by Adam Dunn in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND — Wednesday’s trade deadline came and went, and Alex Rios was still on the White Sox. Rios, however, could be traded in August if the Sox work out a deal with a team that’s awarded a waiver claim.
Rios, who will make $13 million next season, has been on the trading block for a while, drawing some interest from the Pirates and Yankees.
General manager Rick Hahn might have swung a deal had he been willing to pay a sizable portion of Rios’ contract.
“I don’t know how deep they are going to go into whatever they want to do,’’ Rios said minutes after the deadline passed. “But as of right now, I’m part of the team, and I’m going to do everything possible to win games and to do well.’’
Rios likes Chicago and has expressed a desire to stay while being open to moving on.
“If something had happened and I went to a winning team that was going to contend, it would be nice,’’ Rios said. “Our goal is to go out and win games. That’s what every ballplayer wants to do. I think it would have been refreshing, too. But I’m cool staying here. I like everything about this place.’’
Rios, who came out of Tuesday’s game after fouling a ball off his left foot, was in the lineup Wednesday.
Good riddance to July
Manager Robin Ventura has been looking forward to the trade deadline passing, but he wasn’t all that happy when he met with reporters after it had passed. Ventura liked Jake Peavy and what he brought to the team and didn’t want to see him go. But he understood why.
“We’ve created this, and you just have to deal with it,’’ he said.
Ventura knows what a distraction the deadline is from his playing experience.
“I’m not blaming everything that has happened just because of the trade deadline,’’ he said of the Sox’ poor play. “You hope that’s the case where they go out there and maybe they don’t have that subconscious thought of they might not be here in a couple of days. Hopefully it’s better.’’
It wasn’t. Carlos Santana led off the 10th inning with a home run against Dylan Axelrod to give the Indians a 6-5 come-from-behind victory, their seventh straight. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Sox (40-65), who led 5-3 in the ninth on Jeff Keppinger’s pinch-hit two-run single. The Indians scored two in the bottom of the inning against closer Addison Reed to force extra innings.
The Sox closed out the month with an 8-18 record.
This and that
Outfielder Jordan Danks was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, taking Peavy’s place on the roster.
◆ Andre Rienzo more than earned another start after allowing no earned runs (three unearned) in his seven-inning debut Tuesday against the Indians. Rienzo will start the last game of the road trip Sunday in Detroit.
◆ Avisail Garcia, the centerpiece of the trade for Peavy, has been playing center field for the Tigers’ Class AAA team in Toledo and will get a good look in center at Charlotte. Garcia will see time with the Sox this season.