Set It and Forget It: Alex Rios Is a Keeper

Cregen McMinnCorrespondent IAugust 11, 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)


Well, ever since the Tigers traded for Miguel Cabrera I’ve wanted a young cornerstone player. As a White Sox fan, I want that player that can be penciled into the lineup card for the next five to 10 years.

As the old pitch goes “Set it and forget it!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing Alex Rios to Miguel Cabrera, so relax. However at age 28, Rios is a two-time All-Star, a five tool player, and is signed for five more seasons. And what did the Sox give up for him (Besides the contract)?

Nothing! Nada! Zilch!

The Sox added a legitimate young five tool player and didn’t have to give up any talent in exchange for him—if I wasn’t already in a committed relationship Kenny Williams would be on the receiving end of a few love letters.

Now is Rios worth the contract?

I could throw numbers at you that support my case. His WAR (wins above replacement player) was over five two years ago which is excellent. His OPS+ has been 111+ in three out of the past four years. Nicely done, Alex.

But there are numbers that go against the two-time All-Star as well. His numbers as a whole have regressed the past two seasons. Will he continue to regress? He’s 28 people, and how many players have shown the skills Rios has and then peaked at 26? That’s a real question, don’t worry I won’t hold my breath waiting for you to answer.

The truth of the matter is that the White Sox acquired a great talent entering his prime from a team that needed to unload payroll. You don’t need to be as happy about it as I am, but be prepared to save room for a man-sized serving of crow next season.

I’ll make sure you get your portion.

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