Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald in Chicago writes that veteran right fielder Jermaine Dye "deserves a new deal."
Dye clubbed his 24th home run today, and has driven in 67 runs as I type this, while posting a line of .280/.354/.534 this season. He may be 35 years old, but as Gregor points out, that doesn't seem to have slowed his bat down.
With Jim Thome likely departing after this season due to concerns from the White Sox over his health, Dye could take on designated hitter duties in order to keep him fresh. Gregor also feels that Dye can still play right field as well, citing a great catch today and a strong outfield assist at Mark Teixeira's expense yesterday.
Dye has become a staple in Chicago, but that didn't stop them in the case of Joe Crede this past offseason. Dye loves playing on the South Side, and currently has a $12MM mutual option for 2010 with a $1MM buyout, though Gregor mentions a possible two-year extension. If you were Kenny Williams, how would you handle the situation this offseason? Should Dye's age be a concern? What type of contract would you offer Dye, if at all?