Ken Griffey, Jr. to Tampa Bay Rays?

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2008

This morning, ESPN reported that Ken Griffey Jr. would possibly be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to be traded to the Tamp Bay Rays. 


While little more was said about the story, it did appear to imply that a deal has already been proposed between the Reds and the Rays. While there is still much uncertainty as to whether or not such a trade will become a reality, I for one think that it would be an amazing deal for the Rays.


Here’s why:

-        Many feel the Rays will not be able to hold on to their willing ways due to lack of experience and veteran leadership. Who better to lead and mentor a young club than Ken Griffey Jr.?

-        The Rays are a potent offense, but they could use a little extra pop from their DH spot. Griffey would fill that role nicely.

-        Playing the outfield is taking a toll on Griffey’s body. Playing DH in the American league could extend Griffey’s career by years. Who knows, Griffey could end up joining the 700 club after all if this trade is made.

-        Tampa Bay has struggled in fan attendance since its inception into Major League Baseball. What better way to boost attendance then to add one of the greatest and most popular players in the history of baseball?

-        The Rays already have a plethora of minor league talent and can definitely afford to trade away a couple of B level prospects. Obtaining the aging Griffey shouldn’t take too much more than that for the Rays.


All in all, I believe this would be an amazing move for the Tampa Bay Rays, for all of the aforementioned reasons. Feel free to let me know what you think of the potential deal.