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Sox to re-sign Dye? Ozzie hopes so

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jermaine_dye1.jpgMINNEAPOLIS - It's been assumed that this would be Jermaine Dye's final swan song on the South Side this year, whether it was a July 31 trade deadline deal or keeping him through 2009, and simply letting him walk into free agency.
Not so fast.
It's becoming very apparent that the White Sox need Dye more than they have been letting on, and for the first time, maybe more than he needs them.
No wonder Ozzie Guillen was so adamant about a scenario in which the Sox actually re-sign Dye to a contract extension, or at least pick up their end of the mutual option, paying him $12 million for the 2010 season.
"Believe me, I want to sign J.D.,'' Guillen said on Friday. "If you ask me if I want J.D. here, of course I want him. If you ask [general manager] Kenny [Williams] if you want J.D. here, he'll say the same stuff. We're going to see how we finish. That's my opinion. I hope he signs tomorrow. I love that man. That guy has been great for me. I guess we got to wait to see how we finish the season, which way we're going to go next year.''
But what choice do they have?
Dye won't budge on his decision to discuss anything past this season with the media, but indicated in 2008 that he would be willing to give the Sox a hometown discount to stay and finish his career with them. Looking at the outfield situation throughout the Sox farm system, it is void of any real pop.
With Jose Contreras and Jim Thome likely coming off the books, Dye is still affordable. Or so it would seem.
"Our attendance has been pretty bad because we've played bad the first two months of the season,'' Guillen continued. "They have to weight a lot of different things. But if you ask me about it, if I have the money, you're not going to have two J.D.s. But in the meanwhile, it's not my department.''
Let the debate begin.

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I love Jermaine Dye too. I hope he continues his production and retires in a White Sox uniform.

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