The White Sox demanded the Red Sox include either reliever Manny Delcarmen or Double-A pitching prospect Justin Masterson as part of a package for Dye, but the Sox balked at both requests. ...Jeff Horrigan, Herald:
The 33-year-old Dye has a no-trade clause in his contract and initially rebuffed the Red Sox, feeling that he wouldn't get enough playing time to bolster his value entering the free-agent market.
But the Sox sought to allay those fears, reportedly assuring Dye that he would play five times per week, presumably at the expense of fellow outfielder J.D. Drew, whose production has been a huge disappointment in the first year of a five-year deal in Boston. ...
The Sox are willing to move Wily Mo Pena and other young pitchers — including Kason Gabbard or Craig Hansen.
Theo Epstein could not be reached for comment, but two other general managers said the Sox have made serious bids to land both Dye and Gagne, although they remained adamant about not parting with top prospects Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz or Justin Masterson. There were conflicting reports about the Sox' intent on not discussing Manny Delcarmen, Jon Lester and Portland right-hander Michael Bowden.Two things:
There is little doubt the Red Sox will move reserve outfielder Wily Mo Pena and Pawtucket starter Devern Hansack ... One GM said that, from what he'd been told, the Sox had the best offers on the table for both Dye and Gagne. ...
The Sox are believed to have offered assurances to [Dye] that he would play at least five days a week in the outfield, first base or designated hitter.
1. There is no way the Red Sox will trade for Dye and then bench Drew. But Dye could give each of Drew (.615 OPS vs LHP), Ortiz and Manny occasional days off.
2. Dye has played one game at first base in 12 major league seasons.