Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ken Griffey to play centerfield for Chicago White Sox

From Mark Gonzalez of The Chicago Tribune

Ken Griffey Jr. headed to White Sox
By Mark Gonzales, 7:40 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS - The White Sox have agreed to acquire slugger Ken Griffey Jr. from Cincinnati, pending Griffey Jr.'s approval.

A source confirmed the proposed trade, which was first reported by The move could have significant ramifications should Grffey agree to the trade, since he has veto rights by having at least 10 years of major league service, including more than the past five with the same team.

With Jim Thome entrenched as the designated hitter, Griffey could return to center field, flanked by left fielder Carlos Quentin and right fielder Jermaine Dye. That could mean that Nick Swisher and Paul Konerko, both hitting below .240 for most of this season, could share first base, with Swisher continuing to play the outfield some.

Griffey, 38, is batting .245 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Reds. He has hit 608 career homers.

Griffey is in the final year of a nine-year contract, with a club option for 2009 at $16.5 million or a $4 million buyout. The Reds are looking to retool their roster while being destined for a sub-.500 season in the National League Central.

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