|Mystery why Dye hasn't signed yet|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on March 28, 2010
Tell me whether this guy sounds like an option for your team's outfield situation.
Player X hit 61 home runs over the last two seasons, posted on-base percentages in the .340 range the last two seasons, and hit .302/.375/.567 before the All-Star Break last season.
Player X is a free agent. His name is Jermaine Dye, the pride of Vacaville, Calif.
Sure, there are some negatives with signing Dye: he's not good with the glove, he's 36 years old, and he also hit .179/.293/.297 after the All-Star Break last season. But he does deserve a chance in 2010, whether it's starting for a weaker organization or playing a bench role for a contending team.
And you can't blame the economy: The Giants actually gave Aubrey Huff money, while the Diamondbacks signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal.
Here are a few teams that should be exploring a deal for Dye.
San Francisco Giants
This, of course, doesn't count the teams like the Indians, Padres, Blue Jays, Pirates or Royals who won't contend this season and could spin Dye for a decent prospect at the trade deadline or reap the rewards of a good player performing well over an entire season. But there are more teams where signing Dye makes a lot more sense.