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February 3, 2011

Jermaine Dye Likely Done

Perhaps sitting out the entire 2010 season wasn't such a good idea.

With 325 career home runs to his credit...outfielder Jermaine Dye looks to be done. Ken Rosenthal over at has reported that the 36-year-old Dye is likely to retire.

The free agent outfielder has been contacted by the Rays, Rockies and Phillies, and has probably been offered a minor league contract or two, but he wants a guaranteed roster spot and it's just not going to happen.

"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."

If he is indeed done, Dye can look back knowing that he put together a pretty solid career.

Through 14 big league seasons (a third of which were injury plagued), the 2000 Gold Glove winner had a .274 batting average, those 325 home runs and 1072 RBI.  In 2005, he brought home the 2005 World Series MVP award after leading the Chicago White Sox to the title.

Maybe Dye can join whatever that is Brian Cashman is putting together in the Bronx.  I dunno, after bringing in Andruw Jones, Bartolo Colon, Mark Prior, Freddy Garcia...adding Jermaine Dye seems about right.

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