There have been several stories lately about how slow the offseason has been. It's very true and that becomes obvious when throw-away comments by general managers suddenly become full-fledged rumors.
When asked about his interest in Jermaine Dye, Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "I'm not going to comment. But we have talked to the White Sox about some players. Nothing is close," and that was all. And that's probably the most interesting thing to happen in the NL Central in a month.
It's interesting because Dye would be a good fit for the Reds, adding some real pop to a lineup that could use some, especially with Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. now departed. He would create a nice veteran presence on a young team and would be very useful to the Reds if they've decided that 2009 is the year to arm up and make a run at the top of the NL Central.
On the flip side, he'd be awfully costly to pry out of Chicago. Some of the best years in Dye's career have come in Chicago and I don't know how quickly they'd be willing to deal him, even with his hefty $11.5 million price tag. I'd guess the Reds would have to part with at least Homer Bailey and probably more to bring Dye to Cincy. Would giving up on Bailey be worth picking up a soon-to-be 35-year-old outfielder?