Monday, June 16, 2008

Reds Superstar Ken Griffey Jr. To Rays?

The Tampa Bay Rays, trying to shake their reputation as MLB's version of the Los Angeles Clippers, are rumored to be a potential destination for Ken Griffey Jr., should the Reds decide to move him. According to ESPNEWS and, Griffey, who lives in Orlando, has privately told friends that he would consider waiving his no trade clause for a trade to the Rays.

But do the Rays want him? Griffey is only hitting .245 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. He makes $12.5 million this year and his contract calls for a $4 million buyout of his $16.5 million club option for 2009. The Rays would be on the hook for at least $10 million unless the Reds pick up part of the tab.
This does not sound like a favorable deal for the Rays, especially if they have to give up any significant prospects.

A more logical choice for the Rays would be to sign Griffey as a free agent in the offseason, if they are in fact interested.