Excuse my ignorance here, as I am but a casual Blue Jays fan, but how does trading Rios and Batista or Rios and League for Mench make the Blue Jays any better?
Sure, Mench hits for power and the Jays need that, but Rios hits for the same average and is more of a threat on the basepaths. Add to this, he is younger than Mench and still has room to develop and I am not even sure that I would trade Rios straight up for Mench.
Why have I been hearing so much about this deal then?
Well Mench did hit 25 HR with a .489 SLG and we are sorely lacking in power. Rios is no great shakes on the basepaths and he has not developed as quickly as we had hoped.
I would trade him straight up for Mench but I think that the Rangers want more than Rios. I would not trade anything more than Rios though. His defence is underrated and it looks like we are going to be a pitching and D team.
Now that Burnett looks to be out of the picture, which FA starter do the Jays go after next (or do they go the trade route-Zito?)?
A few options are Millwood, Washburn, Weaver, and Morris. Out of those guys, I would prefer Millwood, and I admit none of them have the potential or the "stuff" Burnett has, but atleast they are much cheaper.