Jermaine Dye ‘shocked’ to be unsigned as spring training begins

Free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye told the Chicago Sun-Times that he is shocked that he still is looking for work in late February.

Dye, the 2005 World Series MVP, said he has received some offers, but none to his liking.

"Teams want me as a backup player, and that’s something I’m not ready to do," Dye told the newspaper. "I feel undervalued, basically. I don’t think I have to go out there and prove anything to anyone. My numbers the last five or six years show I can help someone."

Teams could be concerned about Dye’s second-half slump last season; he hit .179 with seven homers and 26 RBIs after hitting .302 with 20 homers and 55 RBIs before the break.

The 36-year-old also shot down recent rumors that he was considering retirement.

The newspaper noted Dye has more homers than any American League outfielder in the past five years and ranks second in RBIs over that span.

Free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye told the Chicago Sun-Times that he is shocked that he still is looking for work in late February.

Dye, the 2005 World Series MVP, said he has received some offers, but none to his liking.

"Teams want me as a backup player, and that’s something I’m not ready to do," Dye told the newspaper. "I feel undervalued, basically. I don’t think I have to go out there and prove anything to anyone. My numbers the last five or six years show I can help someone."

Teams could be concerned about Dye’s second-half slump last season; he hit .179 with seven homers and 26 RBIs after hitting .302 with 20 homers and 55 RBIs before the break.

The 36-year-old also shot down recent rumors that he was considering retirement.

The newspaper noted Dye has more homers than any American League outfielder in the past five years and ranks second in RBIs over that span.

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