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August 7, 2009

Who claimed Alex Rios? (UPDATE #2)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ August 7, 2009 6:55 pm
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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.

MLBTR‘s info says it’s not the Giants, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners, or Reds. And BTB has a nice article on Rios’ trade value.

I don’t see how it can be Kenny Williams looking at Rioscontract:

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.


  1. This move isn’t far fetched at all considering alot of money comes off the book next year. They could keep Jermaine and DH/RF him and put Rios in CF. My wet dream still has them making a run at 3B-man Chone Figgins. That would slide Gordon to 2B.

    3B Figgins
    2B Beckham
    1B Konerko
    RF Dye
    LF Quentin
    CF Rios
    SS Ramirez
    C Pierzynski

    Comment by Seymizzle — August 8, 2009 @ August 8, 2009 8:20 am | Reply

    • that’s a nice lineup

      it’s a lot of money though! how confident are you that rios will return to his past levels of performance though?

      Comment by The Wizard — August 8, 2009 @ August 8, 2009 11:40 am | Reply

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