Buster Olney reported this afternoon that Jays OF and former Beane man-crush Alex Rios has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team.
1) Let the claiming team take over the remaining 60MM on his contract, dumping a boatload of salary but receiving nothing in return.
2) Retract the claim and keep him for the rest of 2009.
3) Work out a deal with the claiming team, which, if it's A's, would have to include Toronto taking in decent chunk of the 60 MM.
I know we already have a logjam of OF for the next handful of years and Rios is currently in a down year at 1.25 WAR from his former 5.0. However, he's still young and in his supposed peak years. While coming to a pitcher's park would do him no favors, depending on how much Toronto picked up, I don't think this would be a bad buy-low lotto ticket to purchase.
What would a package include? Probably Buck, who needs a change of scenery like Mischa Barton needs rehab. Speaking of Barton's, I wouldn't be shocked to see Daric in such a deal as well. Maybe Sweeney, who would be SOL upon Rios' arrival. Or perhaps Cunningham?
Purely speculation, but wanted to get others' thoughts.