Among the teams that may have claimed Rios: The Red Sox, who have tremendous financial flexibility; the White Sox, who have long liked Rios but just made a major investment in Jake Peavy; and the Giants, who turned down the Jays’ offer of Rios for Tim Lincecum after the 2007 season.
During the all-star break, some insiders suggested the San Francisco Giants – who turned down a Blue Jays offer of Rios for Tim Lincecum two winters ago-and the Chicago White Sox might have interest in the outfielder.
2015:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout)
Jerry Reinsdorf will smack Kenny when he sees that!
UPDATE: Buster Olney says the team behind Rios’ claim is probably the Sox!
MLB sources indicate the White Sox are most likely the team awarded the claim on Rios, but the Blue Jays have not confirmed it. In any case, it may well be that Rios is on his way out of Toronto, because the Blue Jays may embrace the opportunity to shed his contract — much in the same way that the Blue Jays unexpectedly allowed the San Diego Padres to take reliever Randy Myers in a waiver claim more than a decade ago.
Scot Gregor finds it hard to believe too. I don’t understand how Jerry allowed Kenny to put a claim. What happens if Toronto says ‘enjoy the contract’? Maybe Jerry plans a big exit!
UPDATE #2: More Olney:
The vast majority of baseball folks that I spoke with Friday believe this development is a gift from the baseball gods for the Blue Jays, who have an opportunity to get out from the last 5½ years of a contract that goes far beyond the current recessed market; Rios will be owed about $66 million for the remainder of his deal, an elite contract in 2009, and right now, he’s not performing anywhere close to an elite level. If we had a SportsNation poll of baseball execs, I’d venture to say that 90 percent of them would vote that the Jays should dump Rios.