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Dye trade talk irritating Sox GM Williams
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 1/14/2009 12:02 AM

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Why Dye?

When it comes to White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye being linked to almost daily trade rumors, general manager Kenny Williams isn't even wasting his time keeping tabs.

Since the Sox' 2008 season ended with a first-round playoff exit, Dye reportedly has been traded to just about every team but the Schaumburg Flyers.

The latest speculation has the veteran outfielder heading to the Los Angeles Angels for - who else - Chone Figgins.

In an e-mail to the Daily Herald on Tuesday, Williams was clearly disgusted with being asked about trade rumors involving Dye.

"Can't even imagine what the rumor is," Williams said. "I'm tired of responding to every blogger's idea."

In two conference calls with reporters this off-season, Williams refused to say Dye was not going to be traded. But that's standard operating procedure for the White Sox' GM, who always is willing to listen to overtures.

Williams did strongly hint that Dye was going to be back in right field this season, but the rumors have persisted.

Before the winter meetings in early December, the Dayton Daily News went so far as to report Dye was officially traded to the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Homer Bailey.

Last week, Dye reportedly was headed to the Texas Rangers for disgruntled shortstop Michael Young, who has been asked to shift to third base.

Again, why Dye?

There has been plenty of speculation that Williams needs to continue paring payroll, and Dye is due $11.5 million this season. He also has a $12 million mutual option for 2010, which includes a $1 million buyout.

"I don't have to trade anyone for any reason," Williams said Tuesday. "Geez, I just can't respond to all the (rumors) out there."

Having already traded two big salaries (Javier Vazquez, Nick Swisher) while letting free agents Orlando Cabrera, Joe Crede and Juan Uribe exit without offers, the White Sox clearly are aware of the economic climate.

But Williams continually has insisted the time is right for young players such as third baseman Josh Fields, center fielder Jerry Owens and pitchers Aaron Poreda and Jeff Marques (acquired from the Yankees in the Swisher trade) to get a chance to play.

If they can't cut it, Williams has said, he will find replacements who can.

As it stands now, Carlos Quentin is the Sox' starting left fielder, Dye is the starter in right, and Owens seems to have the edge over Brian Anderson in center.

Should the Sox decide to pass on Dye for 2010 - a decision that makes much more sense - promising prospect Jordan Danks could be ready to take over in right field.

Before batting .302 in the Arizona Fall League, Danks hit .325 in 10 games with Class A Kannapolis. Danks, brother of Sox starter John Danks, was a seventh-round draft pick last season following a standout career at the University of Texas.