Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Alex Rios may have talked his way right out of Toronto after profane exchange with fan
By STEVE SIMMONS
Last Updated: 7th June 2009, 4:47am
Alex Rios has turned into a $10-million embarrassment for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Never mind that he plays the outfield with a not-so-reckless indifference. Never mind that he has taken his five-tool gifts and squandered them with his lack of passion and apathy. Never mind that the hitting numbers aren't anywhere near where they are supposed to be.
All that pales when compared with his foolish act of the other night, exchanging swear words with a fan after turning down an autograph request from a kid, at a charity event no less. Available in today's technology for all to see on YouTube.
Whether management will see it this way or not, Rios essentially is done as a Blue Jay. Failing on the field can be accepted. Failing off the field reflects a certain lack of character. All the apologies in the world may not be able to correct that.
I won't post the video here since it contains some not-so-friendly language, but go to YouTube and type in Alex Rios to see the incident.
Anyways, I would like to see Jocketty go after Rios. He's a stud defender in the outfield (+11.9 UZR/150 in CF, +14.7 in RF) and has a chance to be a 25 HR, .850+ OPS hitter. He just hasn't put it together consistently with the bat yet but the potential is there. I'd offer Alonso + Bailey.
I wouldn't give the ranch for him, but most certainly I'd take a flier. I'm not keen on taking clubhouse distractions (assuming that reputation is even a valid one), but I also think it can work if the guy is brought into the right environment and conforms to the clubhouse leadership.
In this case, I watched the video of Rios' interaction at that event. While I deplore his actions, I do understand these things sometimes get blown out of proportion. It would have been easy for him to simply sign that kid's autograph. After all, it's not like there was a long line waiting for it. But I also understand how it would be hard to have that following you everywhere you go. Further, I didn't think the guy needed to exacerbate the situation by verbally jousting with Rios. If this incident is the main factor as to why the Blue Jays might facilitate a trade, by all means I'd say the Reds should try to accommodate it.