A few days ago (maybe it was yesterday), someone emailed to ask who makes more sense for the Yankees as a designated hitter, Nick Johnson or Jermaine Dye? I have no idea whether the Yankees would be interested in either player, but I said Dye because of his power and his ability to play the outfield.
I thought of that because it appears the White Sox are not going to offer Dye arbitration. He’s a Class A free agent, so an arbitration offer would have meant losing a draft pick for any team that signs him. No arbitration offer makes it that much easier to go after him.
What do you think? Is Dye a legitimate option for the Yankees? He and Hideki Matsui are the same age and put up fairly similar numbers this season (Matsui’s were a bit better). Dye also played 133 games in the outfield and only seven at DH. That said, I’m sure the Yankees don’t like the idea of signing another soon-to-be 36-year-old. I don’t want this to seem like a rumor — Jennings Says Yankees Interested In Dye! — just thought it would be worth discussing while we wait for the Yankees arbitration decisions.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: The Rays have traded for Kelly Shoppach. Any minute now, the Yankees are expected to announce that they have given up hopes of another AL East title. Actually, I’m kind of making fun of the move, but Shoppach isn’t a bad player. He has some pop for a catcher. On the whole, he’s probably on par with Dioner Navarro except a little bit cheaper.