Monday, January 17, 2005
Jermaine Dye Re-Signs with Oakland A's
Dye had been acquired in a three-team trade with
The trade initially paid off in spades with the A's as Dye hit almost .300 the rest of the season and helped the A's take a 2-0 lead against the Yankees in the ALDS. The A's would drop Game 3 at home (which featured the now famous "Jeter Flip" to retire a non-sliding Jeremy Giambi) and in Game 4 with the Yankees already leading 4-0 and momentum seemingly have shifted, Dye fouled an Orlando Hernandez pitch off his leg. The impact shattered Dye's left tibia and knocked him out for the rest of
Despite the injury, Billy Beane signed Dye to a three year extension worth more than thirty million over the life of the deal. The deal represented one of only two truly large missteps by Beane during his tenure as A's GM (the other being the signing of Arthur Rhodes as the team's closer for the 2004 season). Dye represented over 20% of the Oakland payroll for the three years of his contract, yet played in less than 70% of their games over that span, including a pitiful 2003 where he failed to lift his average over .200, played in just sixty-five games, and had to be pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Game 5 against Boston.