Following rumors that the White Sox were the team to make the waiver claim on Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios, we learn today that the Sox acquired Rios for nothing. All that was asked in return was that the Sox take on the rest of Rios' 7-year, $69 million contract.
This is the second big deal general manager Kenny Williams has made in 11 days after he landed star pitcher Jake Peavy at the trade deadline.
Among other things, the Sox figure to be a legitimate contender for the next few seasons with the rotation, rookie third baseman Gordon Beckham, and now Rios added to the mix.
As far as this season goes, it is not yet known how the outfield will shape up.
Rios is likely to play center field, but that creates a problem between Scott Podsednik and Carlos Quentin.
To avoid losing their leadoff man on a regular basis, Quentin is most likely to move to the bench in order to nurse the injury he's had for most of the season.
There's plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future on Chicago's South Side.