Heading into the middle of May, the Reds as we all know, are in last place in the weakest MLB division with a an impressive .410 winning percentage and only 7.5 games behind in the standings. The ML Owner's meeting is coming up on (I believe the 14th & 15th of May).this juncture seems like an opportune time for The Reds to seriously begin negotiations with the Mariners to move Ken Griffey Jr.. Griffey, while apparently a good teammate, a certain Hall of Famer and a possible short term fan draw (if he ever gets around to hitting #600), has had only 10 extra base hits this season , with a .338 OBP and a .379 SLg. His general play is quasi-acceptable, his speed is greatly diminished and his value is dropping as rapidly as his on base percentage., From Fay's blog today;
The Reds apparently are more than willing to trade outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., and Griffey's original team, the Mariners, is in the process of checking out the 38-year-old slugger to see if he might be the answer to an underperforming offense.
The big stumbling block is that Seattle only wants Jr. as a DH. Jr. believes that he needs to be in the line up everyday. The sabrematicians from RR can give us more statistical details relevant to Jr.'s impact on the the Reds. I don't think i'd be too far off in saying, from an old schooler's pt. of view, Jay Bruce needs to be in the line daily, learning to hit Major League pitching and helping to set the stage for either a mid-to-late season surge or a much more successful 2009.
This is not new news - But with Dunn slumping, Dusty continuing to play Pqatterson in CF, this team needs J. before we're 12 - 13 games back with no real hope of getting back into the race.
If the reds move NOW we might, (might that is) get a prospect or two. But if Bob and Co. waits well... Fay says better that I
:Griffey is a 10-and-5 player (10 or more years in the big leagues, the past five with the same team) with the right to veto any trade. If no trade happens in the coming weeks, the Mariners are expected to be a serious suitor for his services should he become a free agent this offseason.