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Rockies Contact Jermaine Dye

For the last year and a half, Rockies faithful have loved them some Jason Giambi. Well, move over Great Giambino because there could be a new aging slugger on the Colorado Rockies roster, Jermaine Dye.

Dye, who chose not to play last season despite several offseason offers, is itching to come back to the Major Leagues and according to reports, three teams have inquired about his services, including the Rockies.

"I just want to play for a contender and am open to playing other positions," the 36-year old said referring to platooning between the outfield and first base.

The 2005 World Series MVP, who has 325 career homeruns while batting .274 in his 14 big league seasons, might still have some gas left in his tank. In his last season in the majors, 2009 with the Chicago White Sox, Dye hit 27 homeruns and drove in 81 RBI while playing in 141 games.

If he ends up signing, this wouldn't be Dye's first time as a member of the Colorado Rockies either. You trivia buffs out there might remember that, although he never suited up, Dye was briefly a Rockie in the 2001 offseason between playing for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.

On July 25, 2001, the Rockies traded Neifi Perez to the Royals for Dye, and that same day turned around and shipped Dye to the Oakland Athletics for Todd Belitz, Mario Encarnacion and Jose Ortiz.

According to's Ken Rosenthal, the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays have also made contact with Dye, who is representing himself rather than hiring an agent.