In today's edition of the Sun-Times, Sox beat writer Joe Cowley is babbling on and on about how Jermaine Dye is going to be traded. He also basically says that Sox fans who don't like it can stick it where the sun don't shine.
Of course, that's all just bluster. Who knows whether the former World Series MVP will actually be traded? Here's what really interesting about the article: It speculates that the guy on the left will be returning to the South Side.
That would be Freddy Garcia, who earned the victory in the clinching game of 2005 World Series and had a 17-win season for the Sox in 2006. Since then, Garcia has pitched for Philadelphia and Detroit, but he's spent most of his time on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.
No one can be certain whether Garcia will ever be healthy enough to pitch effectively over a 162-game season. But the Sox do have a need at the back of the rotation after the trade of Javier Vazquez. They could use a veteran.
Is Garcia that guy? I doubt it. I wouldn't give him anything more than a minor-league deal with a promise that he'd get a long look in spring training. Chances are, Garcia would want something guaranteed. If that's the case, it's hard to see the Sox and Garcia being a match, despite the strong friendship between the right-hander and manager Ozzie Guillen.