According to multiple sources, Alexis Rios has been claimed off waivers. The most likely possibility is the San Francisco Giants, who have been looking for another bat, and have been shopping for Rios, but did not get him before the trade deadline.
This may end up being one of the best moves this season if they can outright acquire Rios at no cost, which the Jays might do in order to shed his enormous contract.
If the Giants end up having to trade for Rios, it may be at a high price, as they were rumoured to have been offering Tim Lincecum for Rios before Lincecum's Cy Young winning season last year.
If the Giants do land Rios, and they probably will, how will this change the National League, especially the tight Wild Card race the Giants are currently leading?
If Rios does go to San Francisco, they get the bat they are looking for, and would have an outfielder of the future, as Rios is a player with a bright future. This would definitely put the Giants as contenders for the NL Pennant this year, and for years to come.
Their pitching and defense are among the best in the league, and players like Pablo Sandoval and Freddy Sanchez are decent hitters that give the pitchers some run support. Adding Rios in the mix would make them a much better offensive team.
The Giants are one of the best teams in baseball, and have a roster filled with bright young talent. Adding Rios into the mix would make them even better, especially considering the Giants biggest weakness is their outfield.
Rios' downside is his big contract and his enigmatic play this year, but a new start would likely give him a confidence boost, especially since he would be leaving the losing atmosphere of Toronto.
The Giants can afford to pick up his contract, as Rios would be a big improvement for them, and warrants the price.
Whatever happens, the Giants are a playoff team, and with Alex Rios, they would be a World Series team. Only time will tell if Rios will end up in the Bay Area.