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The Padres and Jermaine Dye? Really?

Jan 13, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

Pop quiz, hotshot: You have no money, no DH rule, and the most spacious outfield in all of baseball. Why on Earth are you interested in a veteran defensive liability Jermaine Dye?

I can’t think of any team in baseball that would be a worse fit for
Dye, can you? I mean maybe if he’s willing to take a Troy Glaus kind of
deal he’d be nice to have around, but I have to think that Jed Hoyer
can come up with something a bit more inspired than that.

  1. Charles Gates - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Because if he puts up half way decent numbers, you’ll be able to get a mid range prospect from a contender ’round the trade deadline, which is more than signing a replacement level LF will do for them.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe they want to play him at first base? Or do they have the most spacious infield in baseball as well? Or perhaps they figure that if they play him far back enough, balls that would get over his head in any other ballpark would fall for singles. Maybe they just like the way he sings. Who knows? If I had to spend all my time figuring out how a GM’s brain cells process data, I could publish a whole string of articles in the Journal of Irreproducible Results.
    I think I’ll just head up to Old Town Mexican Cafe and grab me one o’ them carnitas platters while they figure out a place to put him. It’s less frustrating than trying to mindread a suit nearly 3000 miles from the controlled environment of the J. B. Rhine Institute, and it beats those horrible South Street horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches any day of the week.

  3. Stone - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Maybe if all his wants in payment is a bag of peanuts.

  4. Morgan Williams - Jan 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    “I can’t think of any team in baseball that would be a worse fit for Dye, can you?”
    The Mets? Big ballpark and well ummmm…..they’re the Mets?

  5. Chuck - Jan 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    What a square-peg-round-hole situation. San Diego’s park hurts what he does well, hit for power, and amplifies what he does poorly, play defense.

    As for the “trade him for prospects at the all-star break” strategy, just how many such players actually get moved in the first place and just how useful bountiful is the return?

  6. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    No, Craig asked for a worse fit. Given the way the Mutts go about things, Dye would be a perfect fit. Sometimes, perfection is just about continuity, you know?

  7. Anders - Jan 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    if they were going to get an offensive force they should have done it sooner so they could still have the option of trading adrian gonzalez to the main suiter boston. now boston has beltre and is not interested. they are not a threat where they need an extra bat. they are rebuilding. the only reasonable explanation would be to temporarily take gonzalez’s place

  8. Ross - Jan 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    San Diego is a good fit for him if he’s selling drinks, cotton candy, and peanuts. Otherwise….

  9. wickethewok - Jan 14, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    Maybe the Athletics would be worse? They also have a large outfield as well as many players who need playing time either there or in the DH spot.

  10. SEO - Jan 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Good Read. I’ll look forward to your next article

  11. Glenn Rock - Feb 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    your blog.

  12. Steve Harper - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Interesting article. Were did you got all the information from…

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