ESPN's SportsCenter just reported that the Chicago White Sox have traded right fielder Jermaine Dye to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Homer Bailey.
Um, not so fast my friend.
There's no news of that on ESPN's front page or anywhere on their site, for that matter. Nothing on either the White Sox's or Reds' web pages. That's of 11:31 CT, of course.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty is already denying the Winter Meetings' first big rumor.
"Wrong. It's not even close," Jockety said. "We haven't had any discussions with the White Sox since before Thanksgiving."
Postmarked at 9:46 CT from Mark Sheldon.
The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzalez's sources (postmarked at 11:25 CT.)also are denying a done deal.
Meanwhile, ESPN is going to replay this edition of SportsCenter that says Dye-for-Bailey is, in fact, a done deal all night long until SC Live airs.
I hope the World Wide Leader learns its lesson. These taped Sports Center's will not fly!