(Junior learns it’s no fun to play “Pull My Finger” by yourself)
Ken Rosenthal of FOX SPORTS reports that the Cincinnati Reds slugger has agreed to be traded to the Chicago White Sox. Reds management had proposed the trade earlier Thursday morning, but they needed to get Ken’s OK since Griffey had no-trade protection in his contract.
This is the second time the Sox tried to make a grab at Griffey - the first was right before the trading deadline back in 2005. (Turned out they really didn’t need him, after all.)
In exchange for Junior, the Reds will receive pitcher Nick Masset and second baseman Danny Richar. However, the deal still needs to get the go-ahead from Bud Selig, but that’s expected to be a formality.
In the final year of his contract, Griffey is earning $12.5 million this season, and is owed more than $4 million in salary. Wonder if Jerry Reinsdorf will be paying his new player in pennies.