What team wouldn’t like to have Alex Rios? Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times notes the White Sox’ interest, but admits that the Sox don’t really have what the Jays would want in return.
Not that the White Sox can spare pitching at all, but Javier Vazquez would be quite valuable as a trade chip. He earns a reasonable $34.5MM over the next three seasons, and he’s always healthy. Rios has another three years under team control also, though he’ll be significantly cheaper. If the Sox hadn’t traded Jon Garland, you could almost see this as a slight possibility.
Then again, if J.P. Ricciardi can get Tim Lincecum for Rios, more power to him.