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By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/21/2010 10:39 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Last year, former White Sox star Frank Thomas sat by the phone, waiting for a contract offer and a call never came.

Thomas officially announced his retirement Feb. 12 at U.S. Cellular Field and will be eligible for Hall of Fame induction in four years.

Another ex-Sox standout, Jermaine Dye, appears to be in the same boat as Thomas.

Spring-training camps are up and running in Arizona and Florida, but Dye remains on the free-agent market with no suitors in sight.

"I am shocked that Jermaine Dye is still out there," White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. "Somebody is going to get a (heck) of a player."

Dye batted .302 and hit 20 home runs in the first half last season but dropped to .179 and 7 after the break.

Did the Sox consider bringing Dye back in 2010?

"I thought about it," Williams said. "But our biggest need would be a left-handed bat, in my opinion. That doesn't fit or is consistent with what Ozzie (Guillen) wants to do."

There has been growing speculation the 36-year-old Dye is ready to retire.

"I would hate to see it," Williams said. "This guy hit 27 home runs last year and so he had a bad six or seven weeks. Again, I just don't get it, why he's still out there."

Tube time: Manager Ozzie Guillen figures to be the feature attraction on "The Club," a reality series featuring the White Sox that is going to air on MLB Network this summer.

Guillen, general manager Kenny Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf are going to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at everything that goes into a major-league season.

Known for his liberal use of the language, Guillen isn't planning on censoring himself for the show.

"That's me," Guillen said. "I'm going to be myself. You might see a lot of beeps. One thing about it, I'm not going to change."

Mr. 300: GM Kenny Williams raved about the starting rotation Sunday, but he also expressed confidence in a bullpen that now features J.J. Putz and a slimmed-down Bobby Jenks.

"Bobby Jenks is our closer and he's at 275 pounds right now," Williams said. "This is 25 pounds lighter than he's come to camp and he's strong. He didn't have a bad year last year. He just didn't have a Bobby Jenks type of year. There's a difference in that."