Why Jermaine Dye never fit with the Yankees


As the Yankees searched for a left field solution this winter, we heard Jermaine Dye’s name mentioned more than a few times. Now he’s in a boat worse than Damon’s, having turned down a one-year, $3 million offer from the Cubs before they signed Xavier Nady. Now it appears no team is interested in him at anywhere near that level. In my debut post at FanGraphs, I look at four reasons why teams are staying away from Dye. When you consider his defense and his horrendous numbers to right field, the case basically makes itself.

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  1. Five Toolz says:

    Was Jermaine ever a decent defender besides his range? I remember him having a cannon arm in RF for the royals in his earlier days…

    • 28 next year says:

      the thing is, an OF arm while important is far less important than range. It bothers me when people start saying they are good defenders because of their arm. Like Melky, everyone is like he is really good because of his arm but really he is average which is good but not very good.

    • scooter says:

      Fangraphs’ defensive metrics only go back to 2002:

      Dye had a positive UZR once – in 2004 – and was OK in 2005. Otherwise he’s been consistently putrid

      Regarding injury, there is a note on the Fangraphs page that Dye had a sore back in September – it could have contributed to his awful 2nd half in 2009.

      Hard to imagine Dye will get much… then again, it’s been reported that Detroit just offered Damon 2/$14, so who knows?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Dye’s reputation was that of a good defender in his younger years, and Total Zone has him as average or better, with a nice rating as recently as ’04.

  2. You dont really have to convince any of us. No one on RAB was really pushing for him.

  3. 28 next year says:

    looking at fangraphs dollar values for Dye since 2002, Dye has only been worth his salary two years and negative for three years.

  4. Drew says:

    We would like to welcome Joe Pawlikowski to the FanGraphs team. We don’t hold his Yankee fandom against him, and neither should you.

    Ha. Damn right.

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Congrats, Joe.

  6. Jramey says:

    I remember seeing Vlad do something for charity in Yankee Stadium, he threw a ball from the right field corner to the seats in Left field line – on a line.

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