Jermaine Dye is undervalued throughout baseball, even on the South Side.
Of course, White Sox fan doesn’t want to hear that, but Dye’s never received the acknowledgment of a Konerko, Thome or Buehrle.
If the Cubs are smart, however, they’ll value Dye this offseason. And if Dye is smart, he’ll commute to the North Side.
Dye must first agree to both a significant a pay cut and reduced playing time, neither of which is as bad as it sounds.
He made $11M last year, but the Cubs need to cut that number in half to roughly $4.5M-to-$5.0M. It’s a big cut, but not unreasonable, either.
Jermaine made $4.0M while claiming the 2005 World Series MVP Award. The following season he collected $5.0M as a fifth-place finisher in the league’s MVP voting.
What I’m saying is, the Cubs’ offer is a fair one, especially for a soon to be 36-year-old, albeit an under appreciated one.
So, what’s in it for Dye? Plenty.
Alfonso Soriano’s history shows he’s likely to land on the DL again, and Kosuke Fukudome could very well ‘spin-o-rama’ himself out of Lou’s favor rather quickly.
Then, there’s Wrigley’s small outfield. The good news being Dye could easily hit 15-20 HR. The bad news being he’d be the latest version of Cliff Floyd defensively in right field, an obviously drawback.
Plus, who’s to say this isn’t the year the Cubs reach the World Series? Such possibility exists given the Cubs’ talented roster, and Dye could be a big contributor.
Not surprisingly, however, the mere rumor of Dye heading to the Cubs has drawn little, if any, excitement from around baseball.
But if this deal gets done, Dye can change that feeling in a hurry…at least so in this city, North & South Side!