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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
White Sox - Claimed Rios
Chicago White Sox - Claimed OF Alex Rios off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays
Now that’s an unusual waiver claim. Unlike the Randy Myers waiver deal in the 90s, Rios is not an ancient player in steep decline and the White Sox actually wanted him, rather than simply preventing someone else from getting him. The Blue Jays clearly feel differently, but there’s no reason to think that the Rios contract is some albatross at this time given the outfielder’s excellent defensive skills.
Rios is unlikely to maintain his 14 runs/150 number as a full-time centerfielder (given that he’s at +13 in right), but he should still be an above-average centerfielder. His bat isn’t superstar quality, but you add solidly above-average offense in center, an above-average glove, modest, but high success stealing, and the fact that he’s still on the sunny side of 30 and there’s nothing wrong with his contract.
The White Sox are almost the perfect destination for Rios. The park will make his hitting stats look even prettier, the team is in that sweet zone where every marginal win is incredibly valuable, and centerfield is one of the team’s biggest organizational weaknesses. There’s even the side effect of reducing the chances of Scott Podsednik being a regular starter ever again.
A coup for Kenny Williams. Someone should tell J.P Ricciardi what happens to the people on the wrong side of a coup.
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