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Free agent Dye wants to play in 2011

Jermaine Dye #23 of the Chicago White Sox
Jermaine Dye hit 27 homers in 2009 with the White Sox.
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Ken Rosenthal

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Free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, who sat out the 2010 season, intends to play again in '11.

Dye said Thursday he's already been contacted by three teams — the Phillies, Rays and Rockies. Rather than working with an agent, he's representing himself.

Multiple teams also were interested in Dye last offseason, including the Cubs, Brewers and Nationals, but he chose not to play and acknowledged he turned down a one-year. $3 million offer from the Cubs.

Asked if money was as important this time around, Dye said, “No, not at all. I just want to play for a contender and am open to playing other positions. But I won't do a minor league deal.”"

Dye, the 2005 World Series MVP, hit 27 homers and drove in 87 runs for the White Sox in '09. From '05 to '09, he ranked first among American League outfielders in homers and second in RBI.

He was caught in the middle of two recent trends last offseason — the reluctance of teams to sign older players and the increased emphasis by clubs on defense.

At that time, Dye did express a willingness to play first base in addition to the outfield.

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