Tomorrow @ 12:30 CT says Jon Heyman:
jays have ’til 130 tomorrow for rios trade. chisox very likely claiming team. no deal’s certain.
Every talent evaluator Olney speaks with believes the Jays need to take advantage of the club that claimed Alex Rios and dump the right fielder’s salary while they can.
UPDATE: More Jon Heyman:
Two competing executives, who were unaware of the identity of the claiming team, opined that they believe the Blue Jays, who have financial issues, would be wise to just let the claiming team have Rios and his contract. However, there is little evidence that the Jays are willing to do that at this point, and may instead be trying to acquire pieces of significant value in return for Rios.
This from Bluebird Banter:
I get the feeling that if he had one of the old style managers like Billy Martin or Earl Weaver, he’d be dead by now or at very least doctors would have the interesting task of trying to remove Martin’s cowboy boot from his butt. You do get the feeling the guy needs a kick occasionally and we don’t know that Cito doesn’t do that, behind closed doors. Cito isn’t the type to brag about it afterwards.
UPDATE #2: Toronto has called a press-conference.