A rumor that surfaced less than two weeks ago, which had the Sox exploring a deal that would send [Jermaine] Dye to the Yankees for struggling outfielder Bobby Abreu, has started to take on some life, according to one Sox source close to the situation.
Not only because Abreu is a good friend of Guillen’s — which worked out well when right-hander Freddy Garcia came over — but also because the Sox believe Abreu is a slow starter and his best baseball this season is ahead of him.
The organization also reportedly isn’t too thrilled with comments from Dye in which he came off as uncaring about where he plays.
Here’s how I see Dye’s career:
1996-1998: Terrible hitter.
1999-2001: Pretty much pops-up out of nowhere to be a productive bat. Had, what was then, a career-year in 2000.
2002-2004: Terrible hitter.
2005-2006: Comes back to 1999-2001 levels – with 2006 being an off-the-charts career year for him.
2007 (to date): Terrible hitter.
So, here, you have parts of 12 seasons in the majors – and in more than half of those seasons, Dye has been a terrible hitter. Note: Not an average hitter – but a terrible one. Basically, he’s had two super seasons (2000 and 2006) and three where he’s been O.K. with the stick (1999, 2001, 2005).
There’s too much variance there for me to be able to say Dye will help the Yankees if he joins the team this season. I’d rather take my chances and see if Abreu can get his stroke back over the remainder of the season.