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Yankees interested in Jermaine Dye?

Dec 27, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT

Jermaine Dye headshot.jpgFree agent outfielder Jermaine Dye is drawing interest from the Yankees to fill their left field vacancy, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Of course, a team’s offseason plans can change rather quickly, but it’s worth noting that the Bombers denied interest in Dye last month.

Believe him or not, general manager
Brian Cashman has repeatedly said that the Yankees will not be in the
running for a big-ticket left fielder — i.e. Matt Holliday, Jason Bay
and possibly Johnny Damon — so despite Dye’s pronounced shortcomings
on defense, he would be a low-cost alternative on the heels of a
lackluster finish.

Dye, who turns 36 in January, batted
.250/.340/.453 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI with the White Sox in ’09,
but his overall line was weighed down by a .179/.293/.297 showing after
the All-Star break. His bad back was the likely culprit, but age might
be catching up with him quick.

The Rangers and Giants are also
rumored to have interest in the veteran outfielder while the Braves
courted him as a potential first base option before coming to terms
with Troy Glaus this week.

  1. Zac - Dec 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    For a team supposedly not interested in DH types, they certainly seem to be interested in a lot of DH types.

  2. steve zilko - Dec 27, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Jonny damon? why not? JUST DO IT and enjoy your time off/ MR Cashmen YOU WIN….steve

  3. steve zilko - Dec 27, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Jonny damon? why not? JUST DO IT and enjoy your time off/ MR Cashmen YOU WIN….steve

  4. YankeesfanLen - Dec 27, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Even if this rumor is remote, it’s just another invitation for Johnny Damon to stay with the Yanks. How dense can he be? Cashman will stop dropping hints at some point.
    Johnny, talk to Andy and just take something before it really is too late.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 27, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    This could be just a rumor, designed to put more pressure on Damon and his evil counselor, or it could be a decent move. Sign Dye for a few million for a year with the understanding that he won’t necessarily be a full-timer (and with some attainable vesting option clause), and if he really looks like he’s done, dump him.

  6. PabloP - Dec 27, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Why not re-sign Xavier Nady to an incentive-heavy contract to play RF and move Nick Swisher to LF?

  7. summerof67 - Dec 27, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Agree with PabloP!! Xavier Nady is a ready-made, low-cost, high-upside alternative – which is why this Red Sox fan would be delighted to see Xav play in Fenway for 81 games a year over the next 2-3 years, or even come in to spot the regulars off the bench.
    I’m sorry, but – just as I cannot see Jason Bay playing 81 games in Death Valley (Yankee Stadium) or Citi Field – I don’t see Jermaine as a LF solution for the Yankees. No knock on Jermaine – would love to see him play a year or two in Fenway, but we already have Mike Cameron, whose swing is perfect for The Wall.
    Seems to me that Theo Epstein and his doppelganger Brian Cashman are sitting on their hands and waiting for the 2011 free agent market.
    So are the other GMs, else why would we be talking about Dye and Nady instead of Bay and Holliday? Collusion? Heavens, no! That would be – uh – a real shame. Right, Bud Selig?

  8. JBerardi - Dec 27, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Collusion? Heavens, no! That would be – uh – a real shame. Right, Bud Selig?
    It’s not collusion, it’s a rational marketplace. Admittedly, this is not something that baseball is used to…

  9. jj - Dec 27, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    i think the yankees should go after mark derosa, resign nady and get dye mark could be a pitch hitter and nady could play right and swisher could play left and dye and mark could be pitch hitters and i think the yankees could go after ben sheets and damon even though sheets is injured prone he is a good pitcher when health and be a good player in new york and damon would be a backup for swisher so they could rest swisher for days they need him or swisher could be a backup for damon or they could trade swisher for a pitcher if they dont sign sheets or for the bullpen maybe mike gonzalez if the yankees have a problem with ben sheets being injured why did they sign nick johnson im not saying hes a bad player but he might get injured this year and not play the whole year and that would be a waste of money they need to improve their bullpen and outfield i maybe a yankee fan but the redsoxs are making some good deals now the yankees need to improve maybe trade some prospects for victor martinez and clay bucholz and put clay and the bullpen and make victor the catcher for burnett and pettitte and posada foe cc and javy the yankees could do all of this and be a better team.

  10. jj - Dec 27, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    i think you are wrong and you suck

  11. arodforleft - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    i rather see that liar arod in LF and then sign Adrian Beltre for 3B.

  12. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Jermaine Dye is a terrible OF and it’s laughable for anyone to suggest that he’d bump any of the Yanks other OF from a starting spot.
    Ugly defensive metrics and stuff here:

  13. Bernie - Dec 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Jermaine Dye???? I thought Cash was trying to get the Yankees younger? I would have rather seen Damon or Matsui back. Dye used to be good but he can’t field or run and has a bad back. They still need another lefthanded arm in the pen to replace Coke – 72 appearances last year, zero runs allowed in Sept.

  14. abvh - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    how about marcus thames in left for the yanks?

  15. Bagelz - Dec 28, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    What the H*LL are you saying???

  16. PinstripeLifer - Dec 28, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    No DYE!!!!Can you say HAS BEEN + Trouble!? Resign Damon! Keep Swisher…Keep Gardner..Got to Nady-Case closed!

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