Source: Reds deal Bailey for White Sox slugger
Jermaine Dye, a 12-year veteran with a .278 career average, would give team a proven right-handed batter.
By Hal McCoy
Sunday, December 07, 2008
With baseball's annual winter meetings unfurling this week at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, rumors run rampant.
A noteworthy one involving the Cincinnati Reds is making the rounds — pitcher Homer Bailey for Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye.
A major-league source close to the situation told The Dayton Daily News on Sunday, Dec. 7, "The deal is done and will be announced this week."
The Reds are in the market for an outfielder and moving Bailey makes sense. The 22-year-old righthander, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2004, has not lived up to high expectations and some club officials believe a change of venue would be best for him.
Bailey was 0-6 with a 7.93 ERA in eight starts with the Reds last year and was only 4-7 with a 4.77 ERA at Class AAA Louisville.
He won only one game at Louisville after April and that was in September.
And he didn't enamor himself with the team when he was demoted to Louisville in early August and said he welcomed the demotion because Louisville had a winning atmosphere and the clubhouse was more fun.
Dye, 34, is a 12-year veteran with a .278 career major-league average after hitting .292 last season in 154 games.
He is a right-handed bat, something the Reds need, and he hit 34 homers with 96 RBIs playing for the White Sox in homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.