Alex Rios Is a Tease!

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Alex Rios Is a Tease!

That's what one National League scout called him. The scout also said he could get a GM fired.

The White Sox claimed Rios off of waivers on August 10th, along with his huge contract. The Sox owe Rios just about $60 million over the next four years.

Seems like a lot for a guy who's hitting .144 since coming to the Sox.

When he acquired Rios, GM Kenny Williams joked that he and Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf might need second jobs.

He may be correct.

I would hope not, but if he keeps hitting that poorly, he probably will.

Everyone was surprised when the Sox decided to take on that huge contract, especially after they completed a deadline deal for Jake Peavy. They owe Peavy $52 million over the next three years. Plus, Peavy has yet to pitch for the White Sox.

Now Ozzie Guillen is expecting Rios to hit in the middle of the order and drive in runs. He's especially necessary after they traded DH Jim Thome, and Jermaine Dye could be a free agent after the season (he's got a mutual option for 2010).

When asked what he's seen out of Rios, Ozzie said "a lot of outs". Ozzie thinks he's pressing because he thought he was brought in to propel the White Sox to the playoffs.

I don't think so.

The Sox lead the AL in errors with 104 (though they're not as bad as the Nationals who have kicked 122 balls), and their pitching has been decent at best.

They've been able to stay within striking distance in the AL Central, and they play the Tigers in 6 of their final 9 games. If they can get to that stretch within 3 games of the Tigers, they'll have a shot to sneak into the playoffs.

The fact remains, though, they'll need better production out of Alex Rios if they want to do that. He needs to show the Sox that he wasn't a mistake, that he'll be worth the $60 million dollars, that he can do what he was brought here to do.

Kenny Williams has been known to persist until he gets his guy. Take the Peavy deal for example. Peavy denied a trade to Chicago earlier in the season, but Williams managed to trade for him later on in the year.

Let's hope Kenny's persistence isn't his downfall. The Rios deal and the Peavy deal very well could be.

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