Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cubs should look at Alex Rios.

This according to MLBRUMORS-

Jays May Trade Rios?: The Blue Jays have tried to trade Alex Rios all off season and might continue to do so this off season. Rios could probably land a lot more at the trade deadline, especially if he is hitting well, and it would allow the Blue Jays to avoid giving him big money. The Blue Jays have pretty good pitching and if they are able to trade Rios to a team like the Padres midseason, they could probably get several prospects that could help towards the future.

Rios would be a great fit in a Cubs uniform especially if they trade Pie in a deal. Rios is sloted as a right fielder but he can play decent CF. He has played 36 games in CF since 2004. He would be more ideal in the lineup rather than he would be in the field. I feel he is worth taking a step backwards in fielding to take 3 steps forward in improving our lineup. The other option is having him play right field and moving Fukudome to CF. I dont nessassarly agree with that but you have to do what you think that will improve the team the most.

Rios hit .297 with 24 homers and 85 RBI. He stole 17 bases last year which is consistant the past 3 years. He posted a .354 OBP last year and has a career OBP .338 which isnt that bad. He is set to be a free agent after the season with having already 3.130 of ML service.

I think the Cubs could land him for some decent prospects but for who I dont know.


Joe said...

I think offensively we are ok at this point. Wouldnt necessarily trade defense for offense. How does Rios compare defensively to Byrd?

Cubbies412 said...

Wow... I was just thinking the same thing earlier today. I wonder what would we have to give up to get him. Obviously, Pie would be the place to start. I must say, however, that we would have to first sign him to an extenstion before handing them some of our top prospects!

Anonymous said...

I like your angle on Alex Rios, but who will the Cubs have to give up for him and what will Jim Hendry be willing to give up for Rios. To me he is a type B player.

cubsfan82 said...

Alex Rios would cost something simular to Roberts I would have to think. Not sure what the needs for the M's are tho. Maybe like Gallagher, Epatt, and Murton?? Im really not sure.

Anonymous said...

Rios Career OPS 791

Murton career OPS 820

Just sayin