Morning Juice: D'oh! White Sox & Reds deny Dye-for-Homer deal

David Brown

This and every weekday a.m. during Major League Baseball's winter meetings, let's rise and shine together with the latest news and rumors of news coming from the Las Vegas desert. Today's roll call starts with a story in the Dayton Daily News, which reports that the Chicago White Sox traded the 2005 World Series MVP to the Cincinnati Reds for a pitcher named Homer.

(No) Deal of the Day: Jermaine Dye for Homer Bailey

Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News usually gets it right, but his paper's source claiming a deal "was done and will be announced this week" that would send slugger Jermaine Dye for pitching prospect Homer Bailey appears to be very premature.

"Wrong. It's not even close," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told on Sunday.

Well! The Chicago papers also refuted the trade, though the Tribune's Mark Gonzales quoted no sources and the Sun-Times' Joe Cowley noted that White Sox GM Ken Williams didn't return messages.

Dye, who is owed $11.5 million next season, batted .292/.344/.541 with 34 home runs and 96 RBIs in 154 games for Chicago. Williams made a splash earlier this off-season by shoveling right-hander Javier Vazquez to the Atlanta Braves for prospects, so a deal involving Dye, who turns 35 next month, isn't far-fetched at all.

But, as Cowley writes, moving him for David Dewitt Bailey would a hard sell. Homer is 22 years old and was the Reds top draft pick in 2004, but he went 0-6 with a 7.93 ERA in eight starts in 2008. He also allowed eight homers in 36 innings. His numbers at Triple-A weren't so hot, either, but if Bailey does come to the White Sox, maybe fans can think "Gavin Floyd turnaround."

Gonzales' story also refuted that the Sox would deal Bobby Jenks to the New York Mets for pitching prospect Bobby Parnell.

Peavy wonder: The Sun-Times says that the San Diego Padres will, eventually, someday, trade Jake Peavy to the Chicago Cubs. A deal just ain't imminent.

The Cubs first need to add a strong left-handed bat (Bobby Abreu?) and clear some payroll, getting someone else to pay the bulk of Jason Marquis' $9.875 million contract for 2009. There's also a matter of getting a third and/or fourth team to agree to be part of the madness. Would the Baltimore Orioles trade Garrett Olson for Felix Pie, for example? was reporting that a Peavy deal was "on life support" but the Sun-Times' well-placed sourced (Cubs GM Jim Hendry?) says ''It's definitely still alive." Oh, Rumorville!

Where'd Laird go? The Texas Rangers moved catcher Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers for a pair of pitching prospects, right-handers Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo. Laird, 29, was one of the hot properties atop the hot stove. He batted .276/.329/.398 and has a good defensive reputation. The Tigers, in case you had forgotten about them after their lousy start to 2008, traded Ivan Rodriguez to the Yankees late in the season and had been looking for a catcher.

You said it: "I want to be a Brewer." — J.J. Hardy, on rumors that the Milwaukee Brewers might deal him.

Keep an eye out for 'Duk's dispatches from Sin City as the Stew keeps you informed on the fates of K-Rod, CC and perhaps even Siegfried and Roy.