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Dye trying to prevent contract talks from becoming distraction

Posted Apr 09 2009 5:23pm

Jermaine Dye took the field for the Chicago White Sox Tuesday knowing it could well be his final Opening Day with the team, according to

Dye, 35, addressed the topic of his contractual situation at the start of Spring Training and probably won't talk much more about it as the season progresses. A $12 million mutual option exists for Dye and the White Sox in 2010, along with a $1 million buyout.

Without a new contract decided upon during Spring Training, Dye simply wanted to move forward, play out the season and worry about his deal at that point in time. It's not as if Dye has something to prove or is looking for his first major deal, not with more home runs and RBIs then any American League outfielder since 2005.

If healthy, Dye knows what he is capable of on the field. So do teams who might have future interest in Dye, including the White Sox, according to the report.


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