Let me just say that this is a good deal for the Reds ... and I am sad to see Griffey go.
Despite the fact that he never brought his greatness with him, I liked the Ken Griffey Jr era in Cincinnati. I didn't love it because we never made the playoffs, barely even sniffed being in a race and we didn't get what we thought we were.
Since his first season here, he has never been near the top of the stats in home runs, RBIs or average. We didn't get a steady dose of his gold glove. He was more Grumpy than Griffey.
All that was evident in his final week in town ... as he was warming up at the plate as well as getting into it with announcer Jeff Brantley. That's a sad way to part ways.
Still, Griffey was a star (albeit a dimmed one) on a franchise that needed one.
Having said that, the Reds did the right thing by moving him. Sure, they are paying his salary for the rest of the season ($4 million), but they are getting a couple of pitching prospects for a guy that wouldn't be here after a season where the Reds are out of contention.
I'm also happy for Griffey, who is at the end of his career. Sure, he may have a few years left of DHing and some outfield duty somewhere ... but his chances to play in a World Series are almost gone. He is going to the AL Central leading White Sox, who's biggest move could be watching Manny Ramirez traded from Boston (it could happen).
This could be the first in a line of moves for the Reds. Adam Dunn's name is being bandied about Tampa Bay; Josh Fogg is rumored to be heading back to Colorado. Griffey's trade is ... for some, FINALLY ... the first move in an attempt to transition from the Griffey-Dunn Era to the Bruce-Votto Era.
As I'm sad to see you go, good luck in Chicago, Junior! I'll be rooting for you.