Saturday, July 20, 2013
Did White Sox hurt Rios' trade value?
By Jason Catania
When he was pulled from the game after six innings on Friday, there was some speculation that Alex Rios had been traded. Not so fast, said Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
Ventura actually took Rios out of the game because the veteran outfielder didn't hustle down the line on a ground ball he hit that eventually became a double play, per a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Even after Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons failed to field the grounder cleanly, he was still able to turn two because Rios wasn't running hard. Turns out, it cost the Sox a run -- and the lead -- too, because Alejandro De Aza was on third base and would have scored if Rios' GIDP hadn't ended the inning.
"There's just expectations, and we're not starting the second half off that way," Ventura said. "It was simple. He'll be back in, but that's what happens when you don't run."
One has to wonder whether the White Sox -- or really, Rios -- hurt his trade value by this ill-timed lack of hustle-turned-benching. For a player who has faced some character and makeup questions in the past -- and who is owed about $6 million for the rest of this year and $12.5 million next year -- teams who have been linked to the outfielder in trade talks, like the Pittsburgh Pirates, might have gotten just a little more hesitant to pull the trigger.