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Operating under the assumption that the White Sox are indeed the team that put in a claim on Alexis Rios…
…here’s what I know:
No. 1: The Sox have placed waiver claims with nothing to show for it before. They claimed Miguel Tejada in August of 2007, which would’ve altered the course quite dramatically.
No. 2: “Acquire ’em all, and let Oz sort ’em out.” That’s what Kenny Williams operated by last year, when he acquired Ken Griffey Jr. despite not having a clear-cut place to play him. Nick Swisher was considerate enough to play like garbage to make room.
Here’s what I think I know:
No. 1: It doesn’t seem like the Sox are blocking anybody. Detroit would have the motivation to add an outfielder, but they’re already dealing with Magglio Ordonez’s massive, unmovable deal, and they’re not in great financial straits. The Angels have more guys than they can play, and I don’t think Toronto would give Rios to a divisional rival with the low leverage waiver trades allow.
No. 2: The Sox are testing to see how desperate J.P. Ricciardi is. I don’t think the Sox are leading themselves into a Randy Myers trap. They could actually use him — first in center field, and then for leverage when figuring out what to do with Jermaine Dye.
I can’t see the Sox exchanging vital talent to make it happen. Either a change-of-scenery guy like Josh Fields, or a mid-grade talent like, say, Charlie Shirek.
Chances are nothing will come of this, so I’ll hold off in assessing this any further.