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What's still wrong with Rios? Let's ask him

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340x.jpgANAHEIM, Calif. - Everyone involved with the White Sox organization has their opinions on what's wrong with Alex Rios.
From manager Ozzie Guillen insisting that the outfielder had never been moved to a different team before so tried donning a cape and playing Superman when he came over, to hitting coach Greg Walker talking about a guy that has now become overwhelmed with mechanical problems.
At the end of the day, however, only Rios knows why he has gone from two-time All-Star in Toronto to the guy that was hitting .144 through his first 25 games on the South Side.
And he'll let us all know once he knows.
"I don't really know,'' Rios said of his struggles. "If I knew I would have fixed it already. It's something that I've been trying to fix and I haven't been able to. I guess the offseason can be a good thing. I will be able to just wipe things away and get a fresh start next year, just simplify things.''
Not exactly what Sox fans, and more importantly, what the Sox might want to be hearing, especially for a guy they are committed to pay almost $60 million over the next five years.
What Rios can explain of his slump is he knows what it's not, specifically the idea that he's been pressing since he arrived.
"No it's not that,'' he said Sunday. "It doesn't matter where you play, you can play on the moon and it's still baseball. It's the same game. I don't think there's that transition problem that people think. It has nothing to do with being traded.''
The one point Guillen brought up earlier this week that Rios does agree with is that both Rios and the team will somehow benefit from this down the road.
"I can't recall a previous time that I have been struggling like I have right now,'' Rios added. "You learn from these things. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe I'll get to know myself a little better and figure out how to get out of a slump like this.''

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