Alex Rios Given Away
So after days of speculation and presumably hours of intense negotiations over Alex Rios, the Jays have traded him for…err…squat. The Hardball Times crunches the numbers here, which point out in fancy ways that we’re trading him at his lowest value ever, he’s an underrated defender, and if you think the Jays are going to get some sort of magical, best-case scenario ever haul on the free agent market next year, you’re delusional:
In other words, Alex Rios is a bargain. The Blue Jays shouldn’t be looking to dump his salary on the waiver wire.
At least games will be easier to watch now that he’s not constantly pulling his brain-dead shenanigans or looking apathetic at the plate, but when a team starts giving away guys in their prime because they think 12 million dollars is an unreasonable amount to have an outfielder locked into for the next few years, they are not really trying to compete, let alone do so in the AL East.
This is also a fun time to pull out this J.P. quote from two State of The Franchises ago:
I think it’s our job to explore every possible option that’s out there…when you see the Santana’s of the world getting 150 million dollar and the Zitos’ of the world getting 120 million dollars, you realize the value of getting pitching and how tough it is. When we were presented with that, we thought long and hard. And obviously we value Rios more than we valued the other guy, and that’s why he’s still here.
When he famously and hilariously claimed that the Blue Jays were the ones to have pulled the plug on the Rios-Lincecum swap. Has anyone checked the waiver wire for Tim Lincecum lately? Maybe they can pick him up off the free agent wire for 12 million bucks. In 2047.