Buster Olney reported that the Blue Jays' outfielder Alex Rios has been claimed. GM J.P. Ricciardi has the option of pulling him back to to make a deal or, more likely, will let the claiming team have Rios and his huge contract.
Via his Twitter acc't, Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus reported that the Rays have picked up veteran catcher Greg Zaun from the Orioles.
2008 - Rios avoided salary arbitration Feb. 5 by agreeing to a $4,835,000, one-year contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus paid March 1 and a salary of $1,335,000.
The new deal lowers his salary this year to $735,000, redistributes $600,000 until later years and adds $65 million in new guaranteed money.
Rios gets $5.9 million in 2009, $9.7 million in 2010, $12 million each in 2011 and 2012 and $12.5 million apiece in 2013 and 2014.