Some Griffey trade analysis (more like bashing)

CBS’ Gregg Doyel: Griffey is a baby

Griffey is the latest big-name player to show his soft side. … Griffey would be eaten alive in Chicago.

Doc: It just didn’t work out

Griffey was the most overtly sensitive star I’ve covered in 20 years here.

OMG Dave: Whatever, Griffey is Chicago’s problem now. But the Reds couldn’t get more than Nick Masset and Danny Richar? AND they’re (reportedly) paying at least some (conflicting reports) of the $4 million still owed to Griffey?

Masset is 26. He was an 8th round pick in the 2000 draft. Last year he had a 7.09 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 39 1/3 innings. This year he’s improved to 4.63 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings. He’s given up at least 10 earned runs on 18 hits in his past 10 appearances. Very unproven, but who knows.

Richar is 25. Plays second base. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 (he’s from the Dominican Republic). He’s hitting .262 with 9 homers, 39 RBIs and 11 stolen bases for AAA Charlotte. He had 187 at-bats for the Shite Sox last season after he hit .346 in Charlotte (he was traded from the D’backs to the Shite Sox last year). Doesn’t look like he walks much. He wasn’t on Baseball America’s Top 10 White Sox prospects list or anything. I think I would’ve rather had Chris Getz (also a second baseman).

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  1. Dan

    That Doyel column is kinda dumb. Pretty one-sided, really. I do feel Griffey and other players can be overly sensitive, even given the situation they are in (fame, celebrity, etc.) but, the media and broadcasting has changed greatly the past 30 years. Every little piece of dirt rumor is thrown around with the greatest of ease and often taken as the gospel truth by the general public.

    As for Brantley, would a broadcaster in the ’60s or ’70s said the same things? I dunno. I kinda doubt it. Players have probably gotten a bit softer – but the media have become more piercing with their mouths and pens. It will sadly continue to.

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