Not a Problem
As we wait for the Alex Rios for Tim Lincecum rumours to officially die out, check out this great breakdown of his mechanics by Carlos Gomez (who was recently hired as a scout by the Diamondbacks). He’s raised a number of red flags on pitchers before, but doesn’t find anything in Lincecum’s delivery that is particularly violent or going to lead to problems down the road.
The idea of this trade has been met with quiet approval in Toronto (although there are a few nutty Jays fans with an overwhelming crush on Rios), but is certainly causing plenty of hysteria and panic in San Francisco. Obviously the Jays would be getting a player with an incredible ceiling, but then they are taking a risk on a player not yet past the injury nexus and aren’t desperate for pitching like the Giants are for offense.
And is it ridiculous to suggest that Alex Rios is underrated? For the first half of both the last two seasons, it looked like he had arrived as one of the league’s elite players. A fluke infection and a lousy curse later and in many ways the Jays are still waiting for him to “put it all together”. He may have been the Jays best hitter last season, but it was actually a step backwards from 2006’s half-year. Wherever he plays, Rios is entering his prime in 2007 and could certainly start being be the franchise player that nobody in San Fran seems to think he is.