Sox players worried about playing time in light of the Alex Rios claim? Here’s Ozzie:
“It came from Paul Konerko – ‘(bleep) feelings, it’s all about winning.’ That’s what we do here. We hurt your feelings, that’s easy, call your agent, your agent will call Kenny (Williams), and then Kenny will do something about it.”
What’s the plan for Rios, Ozzie?
Rios figures to be an everyday player for the Sox at one of the outfield positions. He’s shown the ability to play all three positions, though he primarily played right field for the Jays this season. “I think Alex has to understand — I know he has played right field most of his career with the Jays,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Talking about our situation, talked to him about our players, he’s got to help me in different ways. I might play him in left field, center field, right field. I might not do it every day, it’s just to make sure everyone here gets some playing time.” There’s also the question of where Rios fits into the batting order. Guillen said it’s possible he could bat first when the regular leadoff man, center fielder Scott Podsednik, is out of the lineup. “He did in the past,” Guillen said. “I wish I could keep him hitting in one spot and leave him there. When [Podsednik] is not there we have to figure out who will hit leadoff. It can be [Jayson] Nix or it can be him. Those are the two guys we have in mind.”
Jim on Kenny’s Alex Rios claim:
Tilt your head and squint, and there isn’t a lot separating this deal from the Scott Linebrink trade. Much like when Williams made the industry shake its head by putting the “ink” in “Linebrink” to the tune of four years and $19 million, the Sox are throwing convention wisdom a curve by signing Rios to this six-year deal while he’s in the midst of a sizable three-year decline:
Fortunately it gets better!
He showed good pitch recognition for all but one pitch (an unsuccessful check swing), not flinching at any too-low and too-away offerings. If there’s one thing not working for him, it could be that he’s a little pull-happy right now. He came through in the clutch with a single over the second baseman’s head, but he had to break his bat to do it. …
Jim also has video of Flowers, reports on Brent Lillibridge , Matt Zaleski, Brian Anderson, Stefan Gartrell, Derek Rodriguez, and a Photo Gallery from the game.
Mr. Ricciardi, you drive a hard bargain. You traded away your team’s best position player and in return you get…nothing! The scene from Dumb and Dumber keeps popping into my head where Lloyd proudly breaks the news to Harry that he traded the van for a moped. “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” At least Lloyd got a moped, and Rios is hardly an ’84 Sheepdog. This is just so completely absurd. …
Alex Rios fangraphs page.