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Quote of the Day: 'What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs.'

Sep 15, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen, on what he’s seen from Alex Rios since the White Sox claimed him off waivers last month:

What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs. The only batting ninth guy making $5 million was me. This mother [bleeper] is making $10, $12, $14 million, he ain’t going to be batting ninth [in 2010]. I’m going to make sure he earns his money. But right now I have to put him there because he’s struggling. Next year, if we have Rios batting ninth we’re in deep [bleep] once again.

Many people criticized the White Sox for assuming the remaining $60 million on Rios’ contract because his offensive production has never been great and he was slumping at the time of the move, but my take was that his excellent defense combined with solid offense made him an underrated all-around player in his prime who could definitely be worth $12 million per season going forward.
Of course, since the waiver claim Rios has gone 13-for-93 (.140) with a ghastly 23/2 K/BB ratio and no amount of great defense makes up for that type of “hitting.” White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said recently that Rios “has now become overwhelmed with mechanical problems” in an effort to snap out of his funk and Rios noted that he’s hoping “to just wipe things away and get a fresh start next year, just simplify things.”

  1. SBG - Sep 15, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Oz-zie! Oz-zie! Oz-zie!
    He called one of his own players a “mother bleeper” in public. Something tells me that the problem is a little bigger than even what his numbers show.

  2. infamousme - Sep 15, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Ozzie is the best.

  3. tpreilly - Sep 15, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    You have got to love Ozzie. he tells it like it is in a sports world that is so politically correct. No one wants to offend superstars making millions.
    Good for Ozzie!!
    TPR

  4. bill sheehan - Sep 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    ricciardi took some heat for letting rios walk with nothing
    in return but just being able to get rid of that contract makes
    it a very good move…rios is just the opposite of a gamer..lots
    of talent and 0 motivation…defense or no defense no ballcub needs
    guys like rios on their roster

  5. Marv - Sep 15, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Ozzie is an ass. I like that he speaks his mind but is one of his players called him out for his lousy managing ability, they would be shipped out asap. He is a total jerk. He is a terrible manager and he doesn’t deserve to hold the job he has. He is now the problem on the team.

  6. Denise - Sep 15, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    I have been saying this since he came here-I have seen no great plays like WISE and no real hustle in the outfield. His comments already says he has given up and that makes him useless in the game. I get the feeling he is not eager to work with Walk on his issues and this may make him undesirable. One thing the SOX hate are guys that they can’t make play “the SOX way”.Mags and Lee can attest to that..or how about that cry baby SWISHER-D

  7. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 16, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Ah yes, that cry baby Swisher. Who’d only be #1 in HR’s, OPS, SLG, and Doubles and #2 in RBI if he were still on the White Sox. Yeah, good thing you got rid of him so the Sox could continue to play mediocre ball…

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