Jermaine Dye’s Future With The White Sox

THURSDAY: Dye told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he "definitely" hopes to finish his career with the White Sox. The outfielder, who homered twice last night, praised Chicago's fans, his teammates and the club's front office.

TUESDAY: The White Sox are unlikely to re-sign outfielder Jermaine Dye for the 2010 season, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.  Dye faces a $12MM mutual option, which won't merit consideration for the Sox.  A new contract at half that amount would be a tough sell, in my opinion.  It's been a strange season for the 35-year-old – he was very good in the season's first three months, OK in July, and brutal in August and September.  He has no explanation for the prolonged slump, which caused him to drop from Type A to B in the Elias rankings.

It would be dangerous to suggest Dye is done based on roughly 175 plate appearances.  His bat is worth risking a few million bucks, though his right field defense has been consistently awful.  Unfortunately it's a crowded market for designated hitters.

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