Although GM Rick Hahn won’t exactly come out and say who the Chicago White Sox will be looking to deal before the calendar hits August, right-fielder Alex Rios certainly figures to be someone the Sox will consider moving this trade deadline.
At age 32, I think Rios still has enough left in the tank to draw interest from at least a few buyers come the end of July. The right-handed slugger put together an impressive 2012 where he hit .304, drove in 91 runs and stole 23 bases. And although his numbers this year — .268 AVG, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 14 SB— don’t exactly blow you away, the market for an athletic outfielder that can hit for power isn’t expected to be very deep this deadline.
So, just what will Chicago do with Rios when the trade offers begin to pour in? Hopefully, trade him.
I don’t have anything against Rios, nor do I think his career is on a total down fall. However, he currently doesn’t seem very motivated to play for the Sox in my opinion, and his recent performance on the field reflects that.
In the past month, Rios has a triple-slash line of just .248/.306/.337 and he’s homered only once after hitting 10 long balls in the first two months of the season. His eight RBI in June were the lowest for a month where he had over 100 at-bats since 2011, and it’s starting to feel like Rios’ best days in a White Sox uniform are behind him.
The Sox haven’t publicly said it, but all signs are beginning to point to rebuilding phase. And while Rios isn’t expected to be worthy of another team’s big name prospect, I believe his trade value is high enough to allow to Sox to pick up some much-needed future talent given the right deal.