Posted by: Jeremy | August 10, 2009

Rios heading to Chicago


Rios is heading to the Windy City

Rios is heading to the Windy City

It’s official: Alex Rios is history. Three days after being claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox, J.P. Ricciardi and friends decided to let Rios and the $60 million left on his contract walk. The Jays originally had until Tuesday to decide whether or not to pull Rios off waivers, trade him or let him go for free. Ricciardi chose the last option.

I was pretty adamant Saturday about wanting Rios out of here, but it’s a bit humbling seeing it actually happen. I guess it’s just the realization that this team is getting blown up. But isn’t the $60 million saved going towards re-upping Roy Halladay after next season? Don’t count on it, at least it Doc wants to go to a winner. I’m not convinced we’re ever going to see that $60 million in action again, actually. Ricciardi wouldn’t admit tonight the Jays are in dumping mode, but said they could use some “financial flexibility”. Anyway, it should be interesting to see what’s in store this winter.

The move comes with Rios on one of his hottest streaks of the season — he homered in back-to-back games this weekend and had nine RBIs in his final six games as a Jay. Still, his .264 average is 27 points below his lowest mark in the past three seasons (.291 in 2008). His .742 OPS ranks second-worst amongst AL rightfielders.

It should be interesting to see how this turns out. Rios, whose lack of focus/motivation/hustle/care contributed to his fallout with Jays fans, is heading to a team with a manager that could potentially light a fire under him. No, don’t expect Ozzie Guillen to move him down in the order if he doesn’t produce — expect him to get in Rios’ face. Expect him to do something that might translate into some results. Let’s see what happens!

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  1. Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Rios heading to Chicago…

    Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Rios heading to Chicago…

  2. That’s what I”M saying guy

  3. Are you saying Michael Jordan is a phony?

  4. […] 4. Toronto (70-92): Oh well, at least we know what we’re getting into. With a nice young core to build around, the time was right to deal Roy Halladay. Now, if only someone would come and take Vernon Well’s contract off our hands too. Kenny Williams, you still there? […]

  5. […] today, joining the White Sox after being claimed off waivers earlier in the week. Like their $60 million claim on Alex Rios last August, the Sox are picking up all of Ramirez’s contract, though it’s just the remaining $3.8 […]

  6. […] If this could happen, anything can. With that, I declare the Toronto Blue Jays the 2011 World Series champs. Or is beating incredible odds twice in one year too much? Alex Anthopoulos did the unthinkable last night, dumping the remaining four years and $86 million on Vernon Wells’ contract on the Angels for a pair of mid-impact chips in Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. No word yet on whether the Jays are picking up any of the remains on the deal or if Los Angeles is taking the entire hit, much like Chicago did a couple summers ago when it adopted Alex Rios’ six years and $60 million. […]


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