Ken Griffey Jr. agreed Thursday to accept a trade to the Chicago White Sox, pending the approval of the commissioner, an indication that it involves a cash transaction of more than $1 million. The approval is expected to be a formality.
CBSSports.com is citing anonymous sources who say the Reds will get infielder Danny Richar and right-handed pitcher Nick Masset in the deal, and the Reds will also pay most of the remaining $4 million on Griffey’s contract.
Reds manager Dusty Baker says the White Sox initiated the deal.
The White Sox reportedly intend to play the 38-year-old Griffey in center field, a position he hasn’t played since 2006.
Griffey is earning $12.5 million this season in the final year of a nine-year deal. He is owed more than $4 million in salary, plus a $4 million buyout for 2009.
Griffey, as a 10-and-5 player (10 years of MLB service, five with the same club), has the right to block any deal.
The White Sox also attempted to acquire Griffey from the Reds at the trade deadline in 2005, but the trade reportedly was nixed by Reds ownership for financial reasons.
Griffey is batting .245 this season with 15 home runs and 53 runs batted in. He hit career home run No. 608 Wednesday in Houston. He is one home run shy of tying Sammy Sosa for fifth place on the all-time home run list.