All the clamoring for Junior to be traded to an American League has been answered, only the team is the Chicago White Sox. Multiple sources, led by Fox’s Ken Rosenthal , have reported that the Griffey has approved the trade for infielder Danny Richar and pitcher Nick Masset – neither of whom are exactly household names – not even for a person who covers baseball.
How Griffey is going to be used remains to be seen. The White Sox have a pretty solid outfield with Carlos Quentin in left, Jermaine Dye in right along with Brian Anderson and Nick Swisher.
But with the 1B/DH Paul Konerko scuffling right now, Griffey could move to center (although he would be a defensive liability at this point in his career) and Swisher would move to first with Jim Thome as DH.
Who knows, SI’s Jon Heyman points out that White Sox GM Ken Williams may be in the process of making another move to free up a spot for Griffey.
Either way, Griffey leaves a Reds’ team well out of the race, and joins the White Sox, a team with legit postseason chances, good for him.
For those of you hoping for a Griffey return, it’s still possible. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.