Thursday July 31, 2008
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the discussions
tells The Associated Press that Ken Griffey Junior has agreed to
accept a trade to the Chicago White Sox. That leaves it up to the
commissioner's office to approve the deal because money is
The Cincinnati Reds outfielder had the right to block any deal,
but agreed to move to the White Sox after getting more information
about the proposed trade this morning. The teams are not commenting
on the pending deal.
Griffey became the sixth player to reach 600 career homers this
season, but has struggled at the plate. He's batting .245 with 15
homers and 53 RBIs despite playing in one of the most
homer-friendly ballparks in Cincinnati.
The Reds were interested in dealing Griffey because of the size
of his contract and their plummet after the All-Star break, which
dropped them back to the bottom of the NL Central. The Reds haven't
had a winning season since 2000. The White Sox enter today's play with a game-and-a-half lead over Minnesota in the AL Central.
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