According to Kevin Kelly’s Reds notebook
The Reds are now free to trade Ken Griffey Jr. if the team wishes, according to a radio report Saturday.
The report said the center fielder, who continues to be the focus of a trade rumor involving the White Sox, is believed to have cleared waivers.
Brian Goldberg, the Cincinnati-based agent for Griffey, said Saturday he still has not heard from the Reds regarding any potential trades.
Every mention of this deal that I’ve seen has the Reds getting a couple of prospects and having to pay a sizable portion of Junior’s salary for the rest of his contract. In essence, they’re paying to get rid of him. That makes no sense to me.
Relief pitcher Ben Weber, on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck since May 9, was returned from his rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Chattanooga on Saturday. The Reds then reinstated him from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
He’ll be a September callup.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.