Monday, January 17, 2005

 
January 17th, 2002

Jermaine Dye Re-Signs with Oakland A's

Dye had been acquired in a three-team trade with Kansas City and Colorado, which at the time seemed a comical fleecing on the part of Billy Beane of his counterpart in Kansas City, Allard Baird. In exchange for Dye, who was hitting .272/.333/.417 for Kansas City and represented a serious upgrade over the Terrance Long/Jeremy Giambi team that had been playing there, Beane gave three prospects to the Rockies, who in turn passed onto Kansas City shortstop Neifi Perez. At the time of the trade, Baird was quoted as saying "The shortstop position is a premium position, so obviously we are excited about acquiring a young, accomplished player like Neifi Perez." There's nothing wrong with the first half of Baird's statement, but the second bit is laughable, not only was Perez not an "accomplished" player and he was, in fact, a year older than Dye!

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
Oakland's season, which as it happened was only the remainder of Game 4 and Game 5.

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.
Oakland was finally liberated from his contract after this past season. Shortly thereafter, Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox signed Dye for two years, 10.15 million, thus proving that there will always be people with more money than sense.





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