Let's Make a Deal: Alex Rios Edition

Cregen McMinnCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 06:  Alex Rios #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the New York Yankees on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the July 31st trade deadline come and gone many Sox fans figured the team was going to make it’s playoff run with the players it currently had. Wrong. Well Maybe.

The White Sox have put a waiver claim in on two-time Toronto All-Star Alex Rios and his 60MM-plus remaining salary. For the cash strapped Blue Jays this might be just the chance they need to move the young but expensive outfielder.

For the White Sox, this could be just the player they need to establish themselves as one of the most talented teams for the next few seasons.

If the Sox were to acquire Rios they would have four all-star caliber position players under 30 (Rios, Quentin, Ramirez, Beckham.) Add those with the first four in the starting staff (Buehrle, Peavy, Danks, and Floyd), and the White Sox would be the favorites to win the AL Central for at least the next three years.

This is also an opportunity for Jerry Reinsdorf to show that as majority owner, he’s willing to loosen the purse strings in order to make the White Sox a championship ball club. As the team currently is constructed it’s a playoff team who is still a half step behind the Yankees and Red Sox.

Acquiring Rios would remove that half step and put the Sox in line with the big boys—at least from a talent perspective.

But the Sox haven’t made the move yet. And as I type this Alex Rios has hit his second home run in as many days. But my hope is that this opportunity to bring in Rios will be a chance for the Sox to show that they’re a big market team capable of making that extra move to put themselves over the top.

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