The mystery team that claimed Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios was the Chicago White Sox, who will take on the 28-year-old’s entire contract.
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi announced the move Monday night, about 30 minutes before the Blue Jays were scheduled to play the New York Yankees. Rios was in the initial starting lineup when he learned the news.
Toronto did not receive any compensation for the two-time All-Star, who is batting .264 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs in 108 games.
The 28-year-old Rios signed a seven-year contract with the Blue Jays in April 2008 that guarantees him $69,835,000.
The White Sox are currently 2.5 games back of the Tigers in the AL Central. Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL currently list Chicago as a 30/1 long shot to win the 2009 World Series and 15/1 to win the American League.
Posted: 8/10/11 11:35PM ET