Deadline day: Can White Sox unload Rios?
First thought ... I like the Jake Peavy trade late Tuesday night that sent the injury-prone starting pitcher to Boston and netted the White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit in a three-way deal.
The Red Sox are also picking up the remaining $14.5 million Peavy is owed this season and $14.5 million next year. That is huge for the White Sox.
Only 22 years old, Garcia was able to crack the Tigers' formidable lineup last season and again this year, and his better days clearly lie ahead.
Second thought ... Detroit's former No. 2 prospect needs to play and right field is his best position, although center is another option.
That means Alex Rios needs to go, and you can bet White Sox GM Rick Hahn is pushing hard to make it happen as today's 3 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline draws near.
Rios had to leave Tuesday night's game at Cleveland with a contusion after fouling a pitch off his left foot. It doesn't sound serious, but the injury required X-rays, so any interested team is going to need to see clean results.
Are there any interested teams in the 32-year-old Rios, who is batting .273 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI?
The Pirates still make a lot of sense, considering their right fielders have a combined .226 batting average, 9 home runs and .649 OPS.
But are they going to absorb the $17.5 million Rios is owed through next season? Probably not, and the White Sox would likely have to eat some of the contract to move Rios.
The Rangers and Yankees are also rumored to be interested in Rios, who could also be moved in August.
Outside of Rios, we’ll keep tabs on Alexei Ramirez, Matt Lindstrom, Alejandro De Aza and possibly Adam Dunn on deadline day, so check back regularly.