Ken Griffey, Jr. Perhaps the best Major League Baseball player of the past 20 years. He was voted the player of the decade for the 90s. In addition to 598 career home runs and two 50 home run seasons, he has had many gold gloves. He is a for sure hall of famer.
In Seattle, he had both of his 50 home run seasons, and almost 400 of his nearly 600 home runs. He hit over .300 seven times while in Seattle and won all of his gold gloves there.
In 2000, a blockbuster trade was pulled off and the Cincinnati Reds acquired Mr. Griffey. In his first year as a Red, he delivered. He had 40 home runs and close to 120 RBI.
In years after, he started to get injured, torn up, and beat down. His best season since 2000 came in 2005 when he hit 35 home runs and batted .301.
Griffey is still a dangerous threat at the plate. But with a $16 million option for 2009, he is just not worth it. The Reds are stacked with outfielders and would be happy to replace him.
All of this came to the attention of the public, when a rumor started about a Seattle Mariners' scout who came to watch Griffey play and reportedly made an offer for Griffey.
I say Griffey is gone by the trading deadline. All I know is that he would want to end his career in Seattle.
It'll be tough to let him go as a Reds' fan, but they just can't afford him.