Dye to the Cubs? Works for fantasy owners
Players like Dye are often underrated in fantasy baseball circles, because fantasy owners tend to overrate young players -- see Chris Davis, for example -- or players with the potential to hit for power and steal a base. I'm with you on seeking youth and multi-faceted options, but often it means safe, consistent power hitters such as Dye are ignored. As recently as 2006, he smacked 44 home runs with 120 RBIs and a .315 batting average. Even last season, Dye finished with more than 25 home runs for the fifth consecutive season. Dye joined 20 other right-handed hitters in the group of those who hit 20 or more home runs against right-handed pitching in 2009. I don't think he's done yet at age 36, and the Cubs seem like a really good fit, both for their team and for yours, depending on what round you can steal him in.
For now, there is no official deal with the Cubs, and the team is cautioning him against expecting regular playing time, thinking he can be a backup at corner outfield and first base. Fair enough. However, there's serious opportunities for Dye if he performs similarly to what he did most of 2009; he might be in line to take over regularly in right field. To wit:
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