White Sox get Blue Jays' Rios
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rios showed up at Yankee Stadium and saw his name in the starting lineup Monday night. He left the ballpark a few hours later, on his way to join the White Sox and a pennant race.
The two-time All-Star was claimed off waivers by Chicago and learned the news about 30 minutes before the first pitch between the Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The White Sox assume his entire huge contract while Toronto receives no compensation.
"I'd heard the rumors, but yeah, I thought I was going to stay here," Rios said outside the Blue Jays clubhouse. "Stuff happens, and I just have to move on."
The White Sox already have a full outfield with veterans Jermaine Dye, Scott Podsednik and Carlos Quentin. Everyone with Chicago outside of general manager Kenny Williams was stunned at yet another bold move, following the acquisition of San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy on July 31.
"Yes, I was," manager Ozzie Guillen said before Chicago's game at Seattle, when asked if he was surprised by the move.
"It was great news," Guillen said. "A lot of people are (asking), 'How are we going to play all those guys?' I've already had a meeting with some of those guys. I'm going to sit down with (Rios) and talk about the situation. Everybody is going to have playing time.
"The lineup? That's going to be my headache -- a good one," he said.