Posted at 8:55 AM on July 31, 2008
by Chris Dall
According to Fox Sports and ESPN, the Chicago White Sox have traded for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. No word yet on who the White Sox gave up in return. But the deal apparently hinges on Griffey's approval, and that's not necessarily a given. Griffey has reportedly nixed deals in the past.
If this trade does go through, how much does it improve Chicago? Griffey Jr. is certainly not the player he once was, and his 2008 numbers aren't great (.245/15/53), but adding a player of his calibre can't hurt. It could also mean fewer at-bats for Paul Konerko, with Nick Swisher moving to first base.
Living in Chicago now, all the commentators and callers on the radio sports shows are all wondering what exactly they are planning on doing with him. So far, they, myself, and anyone else I've talked to has yet to figure that one out. A head-scratcher for sure...