(On behalf of the blogging b-team at CSTB, let me extend our deepest sorrows for the terrible loss of GC’s Austin home last night.  Be it out of some esoteric notion of anguish management, or just a desperate attempt to bottle up all emotion, let me observe that with last night’s fire, we may add one more uncanny similarity between the life of Mr.Cosloy and the main character in the new HBO series “Hung”.  May GC’s path away from disaster be more straightforward.)

Alex Rios: Can You Play Four Fielders?
Alex Rios: Can You Play Four Fielders?

When a Seattle cop wrote White Sox GM Kenny Williams a $56 ticket outside of Safeco field Monday night, it wasn’t for reckless acquisition of outfielders, which goes to show that Chicago cops aren’t the only ones who turn a blind eye to injustice.  Williams, who had just hours prior picked up Toronto RF Alex Rios on waivers was cited instead for jaywalking.  This despite his throwing a scare into incumbent Sox RF Jermaine Dye and causing not a little scratching of black-capped scalps back home.  The Tribune’s Mark Gonzales:

In acquiring  Alex Rios, the White Sox acquired a right fielder who is seven years younger than Dye — who can become a free agent — and signed through 2014.

It’s exciting, confusing,” said Dye, who shares a $12 million mutual option with the Sox for 2010 with a $1 million buyout.

Dye welcomes the arrival of Rios in the Sox’s quest to push toward a playoff berth. But at the same time, he wonders if the Sox, who have committed $62.7 million to nine players for 2010 and took on $115.7 million in salaries for Jake Peavy and Rios in the last 11 days, will keep him in their plans.

“You got a bunch of guys that are making a ton of money that are going to be free agents, so maybe that’s something that will help out with distributing some of the money that they just brought on,” Dye said Monday. “I hope it doesn’t. I’ve always wanted to finish my career here.”

Dye, 35, is third among AL players with 58 homers since 2008. He could move to first or serve as the DH in 2010, which also is the final year of Paul Konerko’s contract.

Sitting JD in the AL Central campaign is unimaginable, and Scott Podsednik has been golden all year, which leaves non-superstar Carlos Quentin as the odd man out in left.  That almost certainly puts Pods in left and Rios in center with questionable wheels – also known as the very recepie that cost the Sox enough games last season to force a tiebreaker.  Back then, the creaking sounds in CF came from the legs of Ken Griffey, Jr., a deal that Sox faithful accepted as just one more item checked off of Kenny’s “bucket list”.  But this time around, the dollars are real, long-term and with the arrival of Jake Peavy add up to (way) more than what the Sox pocketed by dealing Javy Vazquez.

Can a habitual jaywalker avoid getting run over by Detroit wheels?