Rios Talks Cold
Scott Downs and J.P. Ricciardi spoke with the media on Friday afternoon. For a complete wrap-up, check out Baseball Digest Daily. Of course you always have to read between the lines with J.P, but his slippery stance about Rios has further deteriorated from:
“I wouldn’t say they’re going badly, I wouldn’t say they’re going great.”
“I think we all understand that arbitration is part of the process”.
Why some dumbass didn’t bother to press him for a clarification on whether the last tweak to the Jays roster is for the bench or behind the plate is totally beyond me, but we should know by next week. Anyway, I think I’m two for three on correcting the Post. The Jays might not even agree to a contract for this season with Rios, and J.P. doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the streak. When they sign Johnny Estrada on Tuesday, I’ll eat my humble pie with dignity- .666 ain’t such a bad number in baseball.
- Update: Here’s a few quotes from Rios’ agent. Of course we’re just playing read-through-the-spin here, but at least he’s not complaining about anything. I still don’t know why everyone is raising eyebrows instead of setting off fireworks in the parking lot after locking up a reliever with an ERA of 2.17 last year for 4 million bucks, no matter what your philosophy towards relievers or doubts about Downs because he’s a late bloomer. I think Ricciardi has once again shown an ability to read the market better than your average fan/hack/writer.