Alex Rios Claimed Off Waivers by White Sox
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.