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Dye can't find job, might retire

Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 11:20 am
 
Jermaine Dye
For hire: Former World Series MVP with 325 career homers. Missed last season, but prior to that hadn't played fewer than 137 games, had fewer than 500 at-bats or hit fewer than 23 homers in any of the previous six years, amassing a line of .276/.342/.515 during that time.

And yet Jermaine Dye can't find a job, at least not one with a major-league contract. So he tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com he might just retire.

“I would still like to play, but I think my choices have passed and teams have gone with other people,” Dye said Wednesday. “I will continue to stay in shape and hopefully someone will call. If nothing gets done by the end of the spring, I may call it a career.”

Dye basically misjudged the market and ended up without a job last winter (Paging Mr. Guerrero to the white courtesy phone), opting to sit out the season after earning $11.5 million with the White Sox in 2009. Now that he's trying to come back at age 37, he's not finding any suitors, even though he hit 27 homers in '09. He had some contact with the Dodgers this winter, but they were apparently unwilling to offer anything but a minor-league deal. It's not clear what kind of money he's looking for.

“I feel I can contribute to a team in a big way,” Dye said. “I guess I’m just shocked that nobody has called. Regardless if a team thinks I have slowed defensively, I think my offensive numbers make a case for themselves.”

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:57 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

Robocoop and express, you guys are spot on......  Dye thumbed his nose at all MLB last year. He thought he was worth more than he was. He said that the would rather retire or sit out the season if he didn't get his just pay. I don't know what the number was (I think a previous poster listed it as $11million). 
Now we're suppose to believe that he hasn't lost a step and is a team player. SCREW YOU DYE!!!



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

i think philly can get this guy for a bargain and also help bring a world series back to philly..he will be an excellent pick up. for pennies on the dollar



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

The phillies need to get this guy onboard.  He can platoon with Ibanez in left and even more if D Brown does not succeed. Paging Mr Amaro, paging Mr Amaro



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:18 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

Dye claimed last year it due to racism that he couldn't find a job with an MLB team, even though he was offered $2 million to play last season, but was "insulted" by the offer after making $11.5 million in 2009 with the White Sox. F him...



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:59 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

Come on Angels! Bring the guy in and see if he is healthy!!!! Give him an opportunity to show he still has it!



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:23 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

I don't think that JD was ever a me-first player and I think that exec's around the league know that he is a class act. However, nobody that watched him bat during the second half of the season in 2009 will forget how horrible he looked. He had no timing at all. He was a ground out, strike out, or pop fly over 80% of his at bats. And yes, he had become a subprime fielder, too. A minimum salaried DH for a bad team is all that's left for him now. He should have taken the lower salary last year and re-proved himself. Now it's too late. Unless the Orioles want another Derreck Lee in their line-up to hit double play grounders, JD's probably done. He will be remembered though in Chicago as a class act and an integral part of a World Series Winner!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:00 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

Dye has two things working against him here. First, he spurned MLB last year because of money. That's bad for the game and sends a message, whether accurate or not, that he is a "me first" player. I don't blame owners for shying away on that count.
He still has skills and can contribute (sound familiar, Mr Bonds?), but acting bigger than the game is the surest way out of it.
Second, his defense was ridiculously bad the last time he played with the White Sox. He could no longer judge accurately and misplayed countless balls. His only value at this point is as a DH, he's a liability in the field. So his defense is useless and after a year off his offense is a question mark. His injury history doesn't help, either. So I'm guessing he's priced himself out of work. He's a DH or pinch hitter, not a big dollar player.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:00 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

Dye has two things working against him here. First, he spurned MLB last year because of money. That's bad for the game and sends a message, whether accurate or not, that he is a "me first" player. I don't blame owners for shying away on that count.
He still has skills and can contribute (sound familiar, Mr Bonds?), but acting bigger than the game is the surest way out of it.
Second, his defense was ridiculously bad the last time he played with the White Sox. He could no longer judge accurately and misplayed countless balls. His only value at this point is as a DH, he's a liability in the field. So his defense is useless and after a year off his offense is a question mark. His injury history doesn't help, either. So I'm guessing he's priced himself out of work. He's a DH or pinch hitter, not a big dollar player.



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 6:51 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

It has to be because of money. Was his skills diminishing last time he played? We'll have to talk to a scout. I would like to the Phils to employ him. That's nice bat on the right side they'll need. Don't know about his fielding.




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:42 am
 

Dye can't find job, might retire

The Padres could use his power in their lineup. I find it really hard to believe that Dye can't find a job but a mentally unstable Milton Bradley is employed.


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