Dye sat out all of the 2009 season after being offered a minor league contract with the Cubs. Dye’s last season with the White Sox he hit .250 and slugged 27 home runs. Dye has always been a good outfielder in his time, but with age, he will primarily be a DH for any club he signs with. His bat speed is also slowing down and his batting average has slumped over the past few seasons, but he is still a powerful hitter (27 home runs in 2009, more than most of the Rays players combined).
I have mixed feeling about this signing if the Rays actually did pursue it. Dye is older now and his bat and average are slipping. The Rays need a youthful player that has power and for a low price. The Rays might be able to sign Dye for a very low price and may even begin his season in the minors (sat out last season). I just have mixed feelings about this idea for the Rays. If they are able to sign him for a very, very low cost, then they should go ahead with the move and see what they can’t get out of the veteran.