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Which direction are the Blue Jays headed?
Tue, August 11, 2009

By KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

Alex Rios is gone, given away for nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. The Blue Jays no longer have that six-year $70-million millstone around their corporate neck.

But it's not a salary dump. No, sirree.

This remarkable turn of events began when Rios was claimed off the waiver wire by the White Sox on Friday. It's routine business for major-league teams to run many of their players through waivers right after the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. Most players, especially the ones with big salaries, breeze through the process without a claim.

More often than not, if a player is claimed, the waivers are rescinded by the club. Unless, of course, they think getting rid of the financial liability is more attractive than the prospect of future production.

The Jays elected to sign Rios to a seven-year, $69.835-million US contract after his fourth full season, pre-empting any thought of him becoming a free agent after this season. They paid him high-end money for future production that did not materialize.

In his last 1,071 at-bats, since signing the deal, Rios has hit just 29 home runs and driven in 141 runs. Meanwhile, the economics of the game have shifted and the price of outfield help has fallen.

With Rios gone, which direction are the Jays headed? Have your say in our forum.

Jays opt for flexibility



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JP states on SportsNet that they need the flexibility to "shore up" the "catcher" and "Shortstop" positions! Is he out of his F#$@ing mind? News flash JP, Scuttaro is having a career year! The catching tandem is doing fine!

Put Wells on waivers and see if he produces like Rios did after that anouncement you moron.

In addition to those mentioned already, stop signing wash-ups like David Deluchi or what ever the career minor leaguers name is.

Hello ROGERS! Fire JP "The Jacka$$" who signed BJ and other washed up players. Spend the money on a good General Manager.
Mike, 2009-08-11 14:41:36

How do you judge the Rios to the White Sox until you see what the Jays do with the extra loot?

As for J.P., he may be arrogant and self centred but at the time he signed Wells and Rios to those deals, I believe most Jay fans thought he was doing the right thing considering the type of years they had and their potential which was not just expressed by J. P.

Let's face it, he didn't ask for the pithcing injuries and with Marcum, McGowan, Litch, Jansen and BJ all healthy and in the picture we would be a better team.

Now, I am not blowing J. P's whistle, but a lot of what he did seemed good at the time. Much of this is not his doing and I bet you he is taking a lot of the flack for something we should be looking at the ownership as the culprit.

Seems to me that everything I hear is that they are wanting to cut back, i.e Rios to Chisox.
Rand, 2009-08-11 14:23:06

Wake up. yes JP will be gone but what is the point of tieing up milions on Rios who has not eprformed for 3 years. BJ Ryan is finsihed and has been cut again since teh jays. Why would you sign Halliday who is 32 to another 5 years when pitchers his age are almost done with the amount of innings he has pitched. this is Mats Sundin all over again - lets move on and ...yes rebuild.
jeff, 2009-08-11 14:15:55

Does anyone upstairs listen to the people in the stands.... get rid of J.P.Does he have something on you guys or what...Send him packing!!!!!
5string, 2009-08-11 12:24:42

They must have been desperate to unload Rios without getting anything in return.

Rios isn't the superstar they figured he was, but he is still a decent player overall.

Makes me wonder how bad things really are in the board room.
Russ, 2009-08-11 11:25:11

JP has to be put on waivers. Paying B.J. Ryan NOT to pitch for you, announcing that your best player (Doc) is on the trade block and giving away - FOR FREE - a young OF.

Its clear that this is not an isolated incident either, this GM also signed Eric Hinske to a long term contract, only to give him up. Then, he paid DH Frank Thomas about $10M to play for someone else. OF Reed Johnson, yup, same thing.

Rios may have not been playing up to his contract, but given his age and tools, he has lot’s of upside. What’s more, there are not many at his age and ability level that will be available in the near future, so why not hold onto him and trade him to get some return?

This makes NO Sense!

This guy is killing the fan base in Toronto and he needs to be removed NOW, or Toronto may become the next team to relocate, leaving Canada with no Major League Baseball teams.


Randy, 2009-08-11 10:49:39

J.P has got to go!
peter, 2009-08-11 09:39:25

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