Just as I finished writing a post about arbitration and how it affected the Yankees mentioning how Jermaine Dye could now become more attractive to the Yankees do I find an article linking the Yankees to Dye.
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Yankees have contacted the White Sox to ask for Dye’s medical reports.
The New York Yankees denied a report that they had interest in Dye, but that was seemingly the Bronx Bombers trying to work under the radar, especially because a source familiar with the talks said the Yankees already had asked for medical reports about Dye.
Now before you start worrying about the Yankees signing the aging outfielder, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported that yes they are interested in Dye, but only if their other options fall through.
As for how many other options coming off the table it would take for the Yankees to increase their interest it would have to be quite a few.
In Cowley’s article he wrote that Dye finds becoming a full-time DH “unappealing,” but his defense has gotten so bad that I cringe at the thought of him playing left field for the Yankees. In the past four seasons Dye’s UZR/150 ratings were -21.5, -21.5, -21.4, and -24.5. The fact that the White Sox let him play in the field that long makes me question their intelligence.
Beyond that his bat is a huge question mark. Dye will be 36-years-old in 2010 and his bat over the past three seasons has been the definition of inconsitent. What you could expect out of him next season though is an average around .250 with a OBP around .330 and a below slugging percentage slightly higher than .450, if he’s lucky.
So when you combine his age and the fact that he’s likely to resist becoming a full-time DH makes him seem like a terrible fit for the Yankees. Hopefully their contact with him was only so they could feel comfortable crossing his name off their list with their biggest marker.