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12/09/2004 10:34 AM ET
White Sox agree to terms with outfielder Jermaine Dye
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Jermaine Dye on a two-year, $10.15 million contract that contains a club option for 2007. Under terms of the deal, Dye will be paid $4 million in 2005 and $5 million in 2006 with the club holding an option for 2007 at $6 million (with a buyout of $1.15 million).

Dye, 30, hit .265 (141-532) with 23 home runs and 80 RBI in 137 games with Oakland in 2004. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder tied for the club lead in triples (four), ranked second in home runs, tied for second in runs scored (87), ranked third in RBI and fourth in extra-base hits (56), total bases (247) and slugging percentage (.467).

"Jermaine is a veteran who fills an immediate need for us," said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. "He has proven to be one of the best all-around right fielders in the game. Jermaine will provide us with a solid presence on the field and in the clubhouse."

Dye owns a lifetime .272 average (1,037-3,818) with 161 home runs and 611 RBI in 1,039 games over nine Major League seasons with Atlanta (1996), Kansas City (1997-2001) and Oakland (2001-04). He has hit 20 or more home runs in a season five times in his career and has driven in 100-plus runs on three occasions.

The 2000 American League All-Star also has made four postseason appearances (1996, 2001-03), reaching the World Series with the Braves in 1996. Dye, a California native, enjoyed his best season in 2000 with the Royals when he set career highs with a .321 average, 33 home runs and 107 runs scored and collected 118 RBI, one shy of his career best.

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