CLEVELAND -- His replacement is ready and the want may be there, but the White Sox won’t necessarily trade Alex Rios on Wednesday.
About an hour after he acquired outfielder Avisail Garcia and three low-level minor leaguers in a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he’s had more dialogue in regard to other players. Presumably those talks have centered around outfielder Alex Rios, who was rumored Tuesday to have drawn interest from the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.
But even though the club has what it believes is a “five-tool” replacement for Rios in Garcia, Hahn isn’t certain he’d make a move before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. (CST) nonwaiver trade deadline.
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With Rios under contract in 2014 at a very reasonable $12.5 million, the team is under no pressure to move him by Wednesday. Hahn’s options include: putting Rios through waivers and trying to trade him in August; waiting until the offseason to make a deal; or choosing to retain the right fielder for 2014.
“We’ll see,” Hahn said. “Conversations are ongoing on a number of different bases, but again there’s no urgency to make additional deals. If something makes sense from a baseball standpoint we’ll do it. … Really at this point, as it relates to the guys under control going into 2014, it comes down to from a baseball standpoint this makes us better overall as an organization or is better to stop and sit as we are for the time being?”
Garcia -- who has hit a combined .387 with six homers and 27 RBIs in the minors this season and has appeared in 30 games for the Detroit Tigers -- is set to join Triple-A Charlotte.
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Hahn said late Tuesday Garcia could have joined the White Sox were the team to have four daily at-bats available. But unless Rios, or perhaps center fielder Alejandro De Aza, is moved the White Sox won’t be in that position for now. Hahn wants Garcia to play every day.
“His development is ongoing,” Hahn said. “He’s obviously had some big league time and if we had four regular (at-bats) available for him right now perhaps he would join us but right now we want him playing on an everyday basis.”
Other White Sox who have reportedly drawn interest this month are shortstop Alexei Ramirez, second baseman Gordon Beckham, reliever Matt Lindstrom and closer Addison Reed.