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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Alex Rios Makes Mucho Dinero


I like the fact that Ken Williams is a mover and a shaker. But is there a reason he couldn’t have acquired an expensive CF before the season started?

Rios finally gives the Sox an everyday centerfielder that can field his position and hit. He does a little of everything. His numbers will likely go up at the Cell, but he is having a pretty lousy year.  And he makes a ton of cash:

  • 7 years/$69.835M (2008-14), plus 2015 club option

    • signed extension with Toronto 4/4/08, re-working 2008 deal signed 2/5/08 ($3.5M signing bonus remains, 2008 salary reduced from $1.335M to $0.735M)
    • 08:$0.735M, 09:$5.9M, 10:$9.7M, 11:$12M, 12:$12M, 13:$12.5M, 14:$12.5M, 15:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout)
    • full no-trade clause, 2009-10
    • may block trades to 6 clubs from 2011 to end of deal

He certainly improves the roster. But will his huge contract prevent the Sox from getting a true power hitter when Dye, Konerko and Thome all leave at some point? Could Williams have done better for that kind of money?

One thing I think is for sure: Either Jake Peavy and Alex Rios make Williams a genius, or they will be his undoing. Sox fans have to like the Rios move now. Later? We’ll see.

  • http://www.waittilacommercial.com VeRonda

    I like to see the positive in things, but I think this will be his undoing… Man, he got paid!

  • dhaab

    Can anyone interpret what VeRonda just wrote?

  • dhaab

    I think this was a no-brainer move. I remember a time not so long ago when Rios was considered the best young player in baseball. He’s been a disappointment over the past season and a half, but he’s still awfully talented and maybe coming to another club will be a new start for him.

    Also, the Sox have a TON of money coming off the books in the next few years, so they can take some chances like this and the Peavy deal. I’m not saying this won’t give them some financial hurdles to overcome in the next few years, but for now, they just filled a HUGE hole in their outfield for just under 6 million bucks this season and gave up nobody in their organization to do it. It’s a move for this season, but could potentially be good for the future as well.

    One question, Zoner, why do assume the Sox will lose all of their power hitters? I know all three of them are getting up in their 30′s, but I would be shocked if at least one of them doesn’t re-sign with the Sox. Namely, Konerko.

  • http://www.mopupduty.com matthias @ mopupduty.com

    From a Jays fans perspective it’s good to ship Rios off to Chicago. He’s one of those ‘all the talent in the world’ headcase players. If he turns it around he’ll be an all-star. Or he’ll post a .750 OPS. I don’t think there will be much breathing room in-between those numbers. An odd fact… Podsednik has 1.1 WAR this season. Rios has only 1.0

  • http://zonersports.com Zoner

    Pods has also been playing out of his mind this year, but point taken.

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