Alex Rios Claimed Off Waivers by White Sox

Aug 10, 2009

The White Sox made another splash by claiming Alex Rios off of waivers.  They will eat the rest of his contract, and though Toronto doesn’t get any compensation, they get that deal off their books.  He just signed a nearlyy $70 million deal in 2008.  It is unclear if they will use the saving to try and secure a long term deal with ace Roy Halladay.

While the move is great for the White Sox in reality, giving them plenty of depth, it hurts five players fantasy values.  The White Sox now have four capable Outfielders in Rios, Jermaine Dye, Carlos Quentin, and Scott Podsednik.  They all will see an adjustment in the number ABs they will get in a given week.  Also likely to lose ABs in the deal is DH Jim Thome.  If you are counting on any of these players, you will have to stay on top of the White Sox’s lineup cards to make sure your guy is playing.  If you set your lineup on a weekly basis, pay attention to how the playing time is trending.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    Considering the contract, the question is why would the White Sox take that one. By not seeking a trade, Toronto was obviously willing dump it.

  2. LestersLegends
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:39 am #

    Chicago has about $50 million coming off the books. They got a talented young player for a lot of money, but they didn’t have to give up any prospects. Toronto simply did this because of the economic savings.

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