There are rumors that the long talked about trade value of Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios might have dropped slightly. I can’t really imagine why that would be true. He has struggled some sure, but he is still as good as many out there today. Hey, did anyone ever imagine that he actually will do a lot better with a change of scenery? I’ll tell you right now if you put this guy in the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield, his little slump will end fast. I guarantee it.
How could I possibly know that? Well, I don’t. Wasn’t that an easy answer? The truth of the matter is that I don’t need a Masters Degree in trade value to know that someone the level of Rios isn’t worth a lot less just because of a few struggles. That doesn’t mean that the other GM’s won’t ask for the value to be lower or offer less in return for Rios but that is why White Sox GM has to play it tough. No one said he has to trade Rios after all. If he is worried about not getting a lot back for him in the off-season why settle for getting less now? Wouldn’t it make more sense to give him the rest of the year to up his value?
I think the Pirates might be able to work a good deal out to land Rios and that would be a match made in heaven it seems. I believe that the energy and momentum that the Pirates have built up would really spur Rios on to produce like he really knows how to produce. Sitting in the White Sox front office though, there is very little reason to give Alex Rios away for next to nothing just because of struggles. If other teams won’t give you what he is worth, brother don’t trade him yet. It’s as simple as that.