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August 11, 2009

FanGraphs: White Sox Steal Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:15 pm
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Erik Manning:

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.

Kenny Williams on the Alex Rios claim (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 11, 2009 12:29 am
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6028021 (5:10)

Bonus: 08.10.09: White Sox Extra (1:40)

August 10, 2009

It’s Official!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:29 pm
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The White Sox acquired outfielder Alex Rios from the Blue Jays on Monday, when Toronto awarded a waiver claim placed last week. Chicago assumes responsibility for the remainder of Rios’ current contract.

Sox get Rios’ contract

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:13 pm
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According to the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner, the White Sox have acquired Alex Rios from the Blue Jays. It’s a straight waiver claim, so the Blue Jays will receive nothing in return. Says Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi:

This allows us to get out from under a contract and do more to address our club.”

BP’s playing What-if with Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 3:05 pm
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Christina Kahrl:

The problem is that the expense of employing him gets so much worse from there, courtesy of the long-term deal Rios inked with the Jays in April of 2008. He’s due at least $59.7 million through 2014, which PECOTA already didn’t anticipate he’d come close to earning in terms of his pre-season projected production: if he’d hit his median projection this year and kept hitting it through 2014, we anticipated he’d be worth about $22 million. Even if he rebounds as much as his post-All-Star break spike suggest (he’s been slugging .479 since), he’s on tap for a bad year, one that will put a dent in any future expectations, but even if you write it off, it’s still a player who’s being massively overcompensated relative to his production in an outfield corner.

Rios deadline (UPDATE #2)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 11:54 am
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Tomorrow @ 12:30 CT says Jon Heyman:

jays have ’til 130 tomorrow for rios trade. chisox very likely claiming team. no deal’s certain.

and MLBTR reports Buster Olney’s report:

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.


August 9, 2009

Remember this? It may be relevant to the Rios claim

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 9, 2009 12:33 pm
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Rogers Communications, the company that owns the Blue Jays, wants to bring its costs under control. The Blue Jays have said they don’t have to deal Halladay, who has over $20MM left on his contract, for financial reasons.

Halladay wasn’t traded so his contract is still on Toronto’s budget. The same is true for the Vernon Wells contract.

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!


July 31, 2009

You can’t touch this

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 12:25 am
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Joe Cowley:

According to a major-league source, Williams made one more pass at Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay three days ago and was told ”no sale” by Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. In fact, Ricciardi told Williams there was nothing in the Sox’ system that caught his interest. Then again, Williams wasn’t exactly pushing all his chips in, either. Contrary to the fairy tale of a deal that was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday morning, Gavin Floyd and Alexei Ramirez never were offered. Neither was John Danks or Gordon Beckham. Williams always says there are no untouchables in his organization, but those four actually have become that.

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