What bad play? Rios has only delivered his two best seasons in MLB while wearing the greatest jersey in baseball and is a staple in their locker room. Hardly wasted money for a team that doesn't cry poor any more once they won a WS in one of the most dominant team performances in the games history.
Just because the Jays failed in developing Rios potential isn't a knock on the WS who did indeed. It means they are better at seeing said potential and exploiting it to its fullest.
His best seasons were in 2006, 2007 and 2008. WAR was higher every one of those years than his best year with the White Sox. Also, OPS and OPB were better with the Jays than the Sox.
And check out his stellar 2009 and 2011 seasons.
I think the Jays were quite happy getting him out of rightfield in Toronto to make room for his full-time replacement.
Save the advanced statistics for your fantasy draft. If AS were the end all be all, Adam Dunn, the best pure home run hitter in baseball, would be considered a lock for the HOF with two more years of similar production.
You do know this, correct? The fact that Rio's turned the corner under the watchful eye of Kenny Williams instead of toiling away his talents for a team with no chance at winning their own division doesn't diminish his impact while as a member of the White Sox.
The Jays have their own problems. Alex Rios sure wasn't one of them.