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Griffey Wanting to Leave?

This is a really odd, possibly misleading article:

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. might be going to the Chicago White Sox after all -- at least, if the future Hall of Famer has his way.

"I enjoy being in Chicago," Griffey told WMVP-AM 1000 during the Reds' visit to Chicago this week to play the Cubs. "My family comes here a lot. I do have control. The Reds and Chicago have to make a deal."

Griffey was targeted for a trade by the White Sox prior to the July 31 trading deadline. The White Sox offered the Reds three prospects, including double-A outfielder Chris Young, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Griffey can reject any trade under the "10-5" rule, because he has played 10 years in the major leagues and the last five with the Reds.

"For the most part, I have to play for the Reds until something happens," Griffey told WMVP.

Those are strange quotes, and this seems to be the only article around that mentions Junior saying these things.  It seems to me that this would have been a bigger story, but you never know.

I don't mind him being moved for salary relief.  He's certainly earning his contract this year, but the risk of him being injured again in the next three years is immense.  I have no problem with letting another team bear the burden of his potential health issues.