Chicago White Sox: Will the Real Alex Rios Please Stand Up?

Steven KersteinContributor IApril 29, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 22:  Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox breaks his bat on an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 22, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The White Sox defeated the Mariners 7-4. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seriously, will the real Alex Rios please stand up?

No, this isn't a Slim Shady remix featuring underachieving, overpaid MLB players.  Don't worry, Eminem.  I'm not trying to steal your thunder.

But the question remains to be answered: How is Alex Rios hitting so well?

In reality, Sox fans should be wondering where this type of productivity has been for the last couple of years.

Although he did put together a terrific 2010 campaign (.284 BA, 21 HR, 88 RBI, 34 SB), Rios has just hit .253 BA in his time in a White Sox uniform.

That would be acceptable for a guy who wasn't making $12 million this season.  Oh wait, he is..

But hold on.  Has anybody checked out what the $12 million man has done so far in 2012. Early on, the Alabama native (surprising I know) boasts pretty solid numbers.  Even for a guy who's making that much money.  Seriously, I can live with this: .314 BA, one home run, seven RBI and one stolen base.

While his days thieving on the base paths might be behind him, he's kinda raking right now. Give the guy some props.

Another question: Should White Sox GM Kenny Williams be on the phone with every GM trying to sucker someone to take Rios' salary?

To put it quite simply, the answer is a definitive yes.  While pessimism might be the foundation of my fanhood, I'm just trying to be realistic.

The odds that Rios keep this up are ones that no bettor would ever take.  The odds that Rios is even interested in keeping this up are even worse.

Even as a degenerate gambler, those odds aren't enticing for me.  Ask my friends, that's saying a lot.

But seriously, do you think anybody in baseball would jump at an offer?

How about the Carl Crawford-less Boston Red Sox

Then again, I would probably rather have the mighty Cody Ross for whatever he's making over Rios, his baggage and the rest of his deal.

Hopefully, my foreshadowing isn't worth a nickel and none of it actually comes true.  But like Peavy, enjoy his success while it's there and pray that it continues.

Best case: He leads us to a World Series Championship and I'll stop writing.

Worst case: He reverts back to 2011 Alex with an attitude and is partly responsible for the team's faltering down the stretch.  And I'm still writing.

Most realistic: He's somewhere in the middle, an Okay Alex if you will.  The Sox are mediocre and you're still stuck with me.

But hey, at least I use two hands to catch fly balls.