Rumors have been swirling for a couple of days now over the possibility that the White Sox are the team that has claimed Alex Rios. This move may signal several things on the horizon for the White Sox if it is true. The first thing that it would signal is the end of either Jermaine Dye or Jim Thome in a Sox uniform. Rios would be playing right field. That would mean that we would not sign Dye, or re-sign him with the intent of putting him at DH. No matter what the outcome it means the end of an era in Chicago. Thome has only played a few years, but he has given the team some excitement in that time. He has put up good numbers every year. He cannot play the field anymore, and that may be his weak spot. Dye on the other hand was our World Series MVP. Since we are bringing back that 2005 team for a reunion it seems weird that we would let him go. In the short term it would appear that the hero of the Buehrle game would be the odd man out. We have already sent down Josh Fields, and Dewayne Wise might be the odd man out here. We already have Kotsay, Podsednik, Quentin, and Dye on the roster along with Wise. It would seem that Dewayne is the odd man out. Ramon Castro had better watch his back. At least Dewayne now has a place on the wall with the former Sox greats.
Rios carries with him a huge contract, and some baggage. He has had a tough season so far, but maybe he just needs a change of scenery to change things. In the next few days we will find out if that change of scenery is to the Windy City. He may not be the star when he comes here, but he would be a piece of the puzzle.