Tag:Alex Rios
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:05 pm

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

Kenny Williams said the White Sox were rebuilding.

He never said they were trying to lose.

He definitely never said that the White Sox were looking at a long-term rebuilding project.

The White Sox's decision to sign John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract, after spending the first part of the winter trying to trade their left-handed starter, certainly caught people by surprise. But it may not be the complete about-face that it at first seemed to be.

First off, Danks is still just 26. Even when Williams was talking about rebuilding, he was primarily talking about getting younger. A 26-year-old lefty who has averaged 195 innings a year over the last four seasons fits in perfectly, once you're sure you won't lose him to free agency in another year.

Second, the White Sox knew they were never going to be able to trade high-priced players like Alex Rios, Adam Dunn or Jake Peavy, and almost certainly weren't going to trade Paul Konerko, either. It's not like they were ever going to slash their payroll down to nothing.

Third, the word in both the international scouting community and among White Sox people is that the Sox could be very involved in the bidding for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who should become a free agent next month.

Fourth, the White Sox play in the American League Central. Yes, the Tigers look strong, the Royals are getting better and the Indians are trying harder, but this is not the toughest division in the game.

In fact, some White Sox people cringed when Williams began talking openly about "rebuilding."

"We are not rebuilding," one of them said forcefully.

Now, with Danks signed, some of those White Sox people were actually talking Thursday about what needs to happen for them to win in 2012.

Chris Sale needs to effectively take Mark Buehrle's spot in the rotation. Peavy needs to be better, a year further on from surgery.

Dunn and/or Rios need to bounce back.

Oh, and someone needs to take Sergio Santos' place as closer.

The Santos trade, to Toronto for pitching prospect Nestor Molina, is the only deal the Sox have made so far in their "rebuilding" winter. It fit the rebuilding mode, although it is worth remembering that while Santos has just two years in the big leagues, he is a year and a half older than Danks.

Perhaps the White Sox will still trade Gavin Floyd. It still wouldn't surprise anyone if they deal Carlos Quentin, especially with Dayan Viciedo waiting (and maybe Cespedes, too).

But a complete rebuilding?

No, that's the team on the other side of town.
Posted on: August 10, 2009 6:51 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2009 7:35 pm

White Sox get OF Rios from Blue Jays

NEW YORK -- Ken Williams got the guy he wanted.


Less than two weeks after trading for Jake Peavy, the pitcher he had long coveted, the White Sox general manager has acquired Alex Rios, an outfielder he has long been interested in. Rios went to the White Sox Monday in a straight waiver claim, with the Blue Jays simply allowing Chicago to take his contract, without getting a player in return.

Rios is expected play center field for the White Sox, who are three games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. There's a chance he could move to right field in the future, since Jermaine Dye is in the final year of his contract and is unlikely to return in 2010.

In Rios and Peavy, the Sox have added more than $110 million in payroll obligations. Rios and Peavy alone are owed nearly $25 million next year, $28 million in 2011 and $29 million in 2012.

Rios is having just a so-so season with Toronto, hitting .264 with 14 home runs, 62 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Some scouts view him as a potential 30-30 player (30 homers, 30 steals).

"I think he's a good player not having a good year," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "I'd be surprised if he's not playing on an All-Star team again someday."

So why did Ricciardi let the 28-year-old Rios go, without even getting a player back?

Simple. With the Blue Jays' reduced payroll, and with baseball's new economic realities, Rios' contract no longer made sense for Toronto. Rios signed a seven-year, $69.835 million contract in April 2008, and he's due nearly $60 million over the next five years. Meanwhile, the Jays have cut their payroll to the $80 million range, and already have one untradeable contract with Vernon Wells, whose salary goes up to $23 million in 2011.

"In a lot of ways, cash is king going forward," Ricciardi said. "This allows us to address some needs we have."

Ricciardi originally hoped to get a player in return for Rios, but the White Sox told him they wouldn't give anyone up unless Toronto paid some of Rios' contract. In the end, the Jays decided that more financial flexibility was better than anyone they could get from Chicago.

"We have other needs," he said. "We need a catcher, and we need a shortstop. Can we fill extra holes, as opposed to holding onto one player?"

When the White Sox claimed Rios last week, the Jays had three choices. They could pull Rios back off waivers, in which case he couldn't be traded for the rest of the season. They could work out a trade with Chicago. Or they could simply let the claim go through, with the White Sox assuming the entire contract.

Eventually, the Jays decided on the third option.

And with that, Ken Williams had his man.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2009 5:59 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2009 6:44 pm

Rios traded

NEW YORK -- Alex Rios was in the original Blue Jays tonight against the Yankees, but has been taken out after the team allowed his waiver claim to go through.

The Jays were facing a 1:30 EDT Tuesday deadline to trade Rios or let him be claimed him on waivers (sources said it was the White Sox), or to pull him back off waivers. The move gives the White Sox a player that general manager Ken Williams has long wanted, and gives the Blue Jays more payroll flexibility.

By dropping Rios, the Jays will get some return for him, and will also be able to spend the money he's due (nearly $60 million over the next five years) on addressing multiple other needs.

Rios, a 28-year-old outfielder, has hit .264 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 108 games this season. Scouts view him as potentially a 30-30 player (30 home runs, 30 steals), but also as a player who has underachieved the last two years.

Rios is capable of playing center field, and it's possible he would play there for the White Sox if they acquire him. Rios could then slot into right field next season, as Jermaine Dye is in the last year of his contract.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2009 4:29 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2009 4:31 pm

Rios gets claimed, Tejada gets blocked

The early word on trade waivers is that quite a few players are getting claimed, even some with large salaries.

Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios, who is guaranteed nearly $60 million over the next five years, was claimed last week, two baseball sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. One source said that the claiming team is the White Sox. While the Blue Jays could simply let the claim go through and offload Rios' contract, it's believed that they keep Rios if the White Sox don't offer them enough in return. The teams had 48 hours to make a deal, a time period that is believed to run through Monday.

Also claimed, according to sources, was Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada. The claiming team isn't known, but also isn't important, because the Astros have already pulled Tejada back and now can't trade him. Tejada is making $13 million this year, on the final year of his contract.

The Rays aren't believed to be the team that blocked Tejada, but sources said that Tampa Bay has been active in claiming any low-salary players, effectively blocking them from being traded to the Yankees or Red Sox.

Teams put most of their players through waivers at some point in August. If the player goes through unclaimed, he is eligible to be traded to any team. If a player is claimed by one or more teams, that player can only be dealt in the 48 hours after the claim is awarded (to the claiming team that is lowest in the standings).

When a player is claimed, the team that put him through waivers has three choices: pull back the claim (at which point the player can no longer be traded), trade him to the team making the claim, or simply allow him to go to the claiming team without getting a player in return.

According to baseball rules, the waiver process is secret, and teams and officials are not allowed to comment or even confirm claims.
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