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Dye chances 'pretty good'

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  July 30, 2007 12:11 PM

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While Foxsports.com is reporting that the Braves and Rangers have a deal in place for Mark Teixeira, a major league source said a short time ago that chances were “pretty good” that the Red Sox would complete a deal with the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Jermaine Dye.

In exchange for Dye, the White Sox would get Wily Mo Pena and one of either minor league pitcher Justin Masterson or Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen.

The Globe's Nick Cafardo broke down the advantages to the Red Sox acquiring Dye in a story Sunday titled "Dye has tools Sox need." Among other things, Cafardo writes:

"There's no question Chicago White Sox veteran Jermaine Dye [would be] a solid righthanded bat, a good defensive outfielder, and a good person on the team. He [would] fit nicely with the players and he knows manager Terry Francona, who coached him in Oakland...Dye, 33, will be a free agent at season's end, so given that Boston has J.D. Drew tied up for five seasons, he [would be] a half-season rental."

Dye is hitting .235 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this season.

(Updated at 12:52 p.m.)

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