Blue Jays Couldn’t or Wouldn’t Trade Rios- So Let Him Go

“We’ve been in trade discussion with Toronto before the deadline to try to get this guy,” Williams explained of how the whole thing came together. “And the way the waiver claim was made was to A: hopefully resurrect talks. B: in the event someone else claimed him, we didn’t want him going elsewhere because we targeted him not only as a guy who not only would help us in our quest for the division but future seasons as well.”

Fascinating revelation by Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams. So the two teams talked trade before the deadline and couldn’t work out a deal and so JP figured nothing was better than whatever they had been offered. I understand the logic. Better to unload the whole salary for nothing as opposed to taking crap back that you don’t want and have to pay for. Still, how does one weak season kill a guys marketability so quickly? Whatever the White Sox offered had to be total crap for nothing to be a better package. Jays had better hope that Rios stays on his current path and never materialize or they will join the Leafs in giving away guys before their time to shine and having nothing to show for it. Not cool if that happens.


you can read more on the Chicago White Sox acquisition of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios here.

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Garrett Bauman
Garrett Bauman
August 10, 2009 11:46 pm

The Sox wanted the Jays to either take on money, or to include cash as part of the deal, can’t remember which it was. That is what killed trade talks.

Economics are the sad reality of this whole debacle this season. The fans who are ripping Jays management for the Halladay (and now Rios) situations are conveniently forgetting that the Jays had planned for a $100 million + payroll, and it was slashed to 80 mil prior to the season. Something had to give.

It’s not bad management, so much as it is financial reality. The contracts were given out while the economy was doing well, and no one complained about them at the time (heck even Vernon’s deal was met with praise … how quickly the fickle fans of Toronto forget that one).

Let’s just hope the savings are reinvested in the team, starting with a new deal for Doc. If Snider can get his back healthy, his swing will return … he showed enough in the early part of the season that he has a future as Rios’ replacement. He’s better in the OF than people give him credit for. My hope is that a true DH type is acquired with some of the savings. The pitching depth is terrific, but dependable hitting is required.

And perhaps that is the best thing to come out of this trade … the message sent to the players on the team. Anyone and everyone is expendable. Nobody’s job is guaranteed. With luck this will shake up the roster a bit, and give some players a jolt that has been sadly missing since June.

August 10, 2009 11:49 pm

Sucks that you can’t trade for picks in baseball. But its a real sour taste. Rios, a 20 HR, 90 RBI, 30 SB guy and we couldn’t get ANYTHING decent?. Thats a pretty crappy move IMO.

August 11, 2009 1:58 am

The perception of this deal trumps the logic.If Burke makes this kinda move (buying out Blake for example) it is looked at as part of a grand plan,with the Jays it is viewed as a retreat into mediocrity.I’m no fan of Rios and his lazy attention deficit disorderly play,but this move sends out terrible signals towards the fans and baseball in general.

August 11, 2009 3:07 pm

Kenny Williams seems to love screwing the Jays,anybody remember the Mike Sirotka trade?

August 11, 2009 6:07 pm

I have no idea TSM, but baseball moves aside,he has singlehandedly dragged a once proud management reputation through the mud,Beaston is smarter than this.

August 11, 2009 11:00 pm

Once again, with most baseball people agreeing that this was a smart decision by the Jays to walk out from underneath Rios’s contract, you have the standard JP bashing going on over here, instead of looking at the bigger picture.

Garret nailed it. Read his comment over and over until you get it.

August 12, 2009 2:24 am

@Eyebleaf: I don’t know if buyouts and allowing players to leave on waivers is a strong messege to players.When JP was asked at the press conf after the trade if players would be attracted to the Jays, he said players go where the money is,no mention of what a great city Toronto is,no mention of the quality of the organisation and the proud history of championships.JP doesn’t “get it” and he clearly doesn’t respect the history of the very team he fuckin works for!

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