Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
I like Rios, but he's not a fan favorite like Baines, Frank, Robin or Paulie. I doubt trading Rios (or any of the relievers) will result in fan backlash.
Sorry Frater, I should have clarified. The fans will see us likely lose more games if they see 4...6...8 guys gone and replaced with call-ups. You're right, the guys we drop aren't likely to be our top fan favorites. Also, we could call up a few guys and go on a streak.
Not including what we would owe on getting rid of someone like Dunn, I could see approx. $80 million coming off the books next year between trades and FA losses: Konerko, Peavy, Rios, Dunn, Ramirez, Thornton, Crain, and Floyd. Will we get rid of all of those guys? Probably not. Could we? There's a chance.