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July 19, 2013

Painting the Black

White Sox Who Could Be Moving

by R.J. Anderson


The Assets

(Listed in descending order of expected impact)

Alex Rios

Position: OF

Age as of Deadline: 32

Bats/Throws: R/R

Half of Salary: $2.625 million

Contract Status: One guaranteed year at $12.5 million with a club option worth $14 million for 2015 (includes trade kicker; $1 million buyout)

Stats: 384 PA, .270/.326/.429

PECOTA Projection: 293 PA, .267/.315/.430

Ideal Role: Corner outfielder

Rick Hahn does not have an easy first deadline ahead of him. The pieces he'd probably like to move the most all have warts that could limit their appeal. Those issues start with Rios, who might be the most unpredictable position player in the league. Luckily Rios is not following a quality 2012 season with a stinker, as he is wont to do. Rather than alternate between extreme qualities, Rios has settled in the middle. He's hit like a league-average batter this season, which would be worthwhile were he still a center fielder; he's not, however, so more offense is expected. Complicating matters further is the contract. This is a prime case where the White Sox should be able to move Rios, but in doing so will need to choose between eating the contract (and getting prospects) or having the contract eaten.

Jake Peavy

Position: SP

Age as of Deadline: 32

Bats/Throws: R/R

Half of Salary: $7.25 million

Contract Status: One guaranteed year at $14.5 million, potentially a player option for 2015 contingent on innings and health.

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