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If first baseman Paul Konerko leaves via free agency ? and that picture is very cloudy ? the Sox could move Dye to first because of the outfield depth they have.
Dye started one game at first base this season and did a solid job. The Sox would still have a power hitter at first if he moves there, and playing first would take less of a toll on Dye's body ? he'll be 32 next season ? than playing outfield does. So the plan makes sense.
Less than 24 hours after helping the Chicago White Sox win their first World Series since 1917, AL Championship Series MVP Paul Konerko was among 62 players who filed for free agency Thursday.
Konerko, who hit .283 with 40 homers and 100 RBI during the regular season, is one of the top hitters available on the market. Approximately 200 players are eligible to file by the Nov. 10 deadline, and free agents can start discussing contract terms with all teams the following day.
Philadelphia Phillies closer Billy Wagner and Los Angeles Angels catcher Bengie Molina also filed, as did Boston first baseman Kevin Millar and third baseman Bill Mueller. They were joined by Florida pitcher A.J. Burnett and Chicago Cubs outfielder Jeromy Burnitz.
San Francisco moved to keep two players from becoming eligible, exercising right-hander Jason Schmidt's $10 million option and outfielder Randy Winn's $5 million option.
In addition, the Giants announced that three 2006 options had been exercised in which the decisions were up to players: second baseman Ray Durham ($7 million), outfielder Moises Alou ($4 million) and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins ($3.5 million).
The New York Mets declined Danny Graves' $5 million option and elected to pay the reliever a $500,000 buyout.
Colorado agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Mike DeJean, a deal that includes a mutual option for 2007.
After giving general manager Jim Bowden a six-month contract extension, the Washington Nationals agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Damian Jackson, who elected for free agency and left the San Diego Padres on Oct. 14, and Bernie Castro, who left the Baltimore Orioles.
The Chicago White Sox's first world championship in 88 years was also the lowest-rated World Series ever.
Chicago's four-game sweep of the Houston Astros averaged an 11.1 national rating with a 19 share on Fox. That's down about 7 percent from the previous low, an 11.9 with a 20 share for the 2002 World Series between the Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants.
While the 2002 World Series, which went seven games, rated higher overall, it was only averaging an 11.0 through four games.
This year was a drop of almost 30 percent from last year's series, in which the Boston Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals for their first title in 86 years. That had a 15.8 rating with a 25 share.
Wednesday night's 1-0 Chicago win had a 13.0 preliminary national rating with a 21 share. It was the highest-rated prime-time show on Fox since the final of "American Idol" in May, but still not enough to save the series from being the lowest-rated.
Ozzie Guillen's managing future is as difficult to decipher as Social Security reform, pension bailouts and 401(k) plans.
The White Sox manager said he might quit when the team was skidding in September. The next week he said he might retire if Chicago won the World Series.
Wednesday, before the deciding Game 4, he clarified his intentions, sort of.
"I'd still think about it, but I was just trying to make a point," Guillen told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We were really struggling when that question was asked a while ago. I had just signed a new contract extension and I just wanted to make the point that I'm not here for the glory, I'm not here for the money. I'm here to win."
He cited input from Braves manager Bobby Cox.
"He called me and said, 'You don't retire from baseball. You make them retire you. Keep taking the money away from them,' " Guillen told the Post-Gazette.
Jermaine Dye drove in the first run of the World Series for the Chicago White Sox, and the last.
From start to finish, he certainly was the most valuable player.
Dye's two-out RBI single off Brad Lidge in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie and sent Chicago to its first championship since 1917 with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
The scrappy White Sox polished off a four-game sweep thanks in no small part to their big right fielder, who went 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run and three RBI to earn MVP honors. He even scored three times and walked twice.
It was a much better performance than his first trip to the World Series. As a rookie with the Atlanta Braves in 1996, Dye was 2-for-17 (.118) with one RBI in a loss to the New York Yankees.
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