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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Both Ken Griffey Jr. and his agent, Brian Goldberg, say the hype surrounding today's USA Today article is overblown.

In the article, Griffey said “everybody’s dream to go back to where they started.” In his case, that means Seattle.

The Reds’ 13-20 record has many wondering what sort of lineup shakeups could happen here - and the ninth-year Reds player is eligible to enter the market as a free agent after this season if the Reds don’t pick up his $16 million option for 2009. The story said Griffey expects the Reds to approach him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline seeking his approval for a trade.

From Griffey, on the Seattle comment:
“OK, I said the exact same thing last year. The exact same thing. So why is it such a big story now?” Griffey said. “If I would have changed anything from last year, it would be a story. But I said the same thing.”

The difference this time is that players could be traded soon, and Griffey has more control of his destiny, a reporter said.

“I had control of it last year and the year before that. So why is it such a big deal?” Griffey said.
Griffey was asked if he would go somewhere else.

“That is not even…you guys are making more of an issue than I am,” Griffey said.

Goldberg said Griffey’s priority is to be part of a winning team – and he wants it to be in Cincinnati.


at 7:29 PM Blogger Swan Lewis said...

Redlegs!!! Junior!!! World Series!!!

at 7:52 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Wow. This is reaching the hype level of the Chad Johnson debacle. Not sure why. Slow news day.

at 8:22 PM Blogger David Crumbaugh said...

I am still waiting for someone to tell me where there is a better RF in MLB. At 39 Jr. is still best in NL and one of top 5 overall. Trade Dunn...ok, we have Bruce. You canNOT trade both and expect to win next year.

at 9:39 PM Blogger Clinton said...

I wish it was true..

at 11:02 PM Blogger MJ said...

I still respect Junior and all he's done but the end is near. Face it, he's done all he can to help the Reds and its time for him to move on. The Reds should trade him and allow him to do that with dignity of the Star he is.

at 11:34 PM Blogger Pat said...

I'd love to see Griffey and the Reds win a World Series. Since, that's not likely to happen this year I think it would be great to trade Griffey to Seattle, so that he can hit #600 in a city that would appreciate it more.

Jr will always be a Mariner first, just like Seaver will always be a Met first and Rose will always be a Red first.

at 11:57 PM Blogger Pat said...

Seattle needs a DH/catcher (Valentin), an outfielder (Griffey), a shortstop (Gonzalez)and the Reds need Bedard. Give Fogg to the Mariners too. That is, if Bedard has a 3+ year contract.

at 9:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody has anything to talk about concerning the Reds. I agree with richie rich. This is just a result of a slow news day.

at 11:21 AM Blogger Scott said...

I hope the Reds realize that most of us -- and my bet is all of us -- would prefer to have a winner than see Griffey hit 600 HRs. I hope the Reds do not hold off on potentially trading Griffey until he hits 600, if some deal potentially develops with Seattle or elsewhere because the Reds are waiting for Griffey to hit 600.

Frankly, perhaps the Reds might get MORE if they trade Griffey before he gets to 600 -- some other team can capitalize on whatever value there might be to that feat and perhaps the Reds will get a better player or deal in return.

Me, for one, would much rather have a winner with the Reds than having any particular player on the Reds. I think the poor attendance for the Reds thus far verifies that people come to see winners, not particular players.

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