Griffey Rumors From Rosenthal

Yesterday we ran through various complications the Reds face in trading Ken Griffey Jr.  Today, Ken Rosenthal addresses many of them.

  • Rosenthal says Griffey "would not necessarily require a team to exercise his $16.5MM option for 2009 as a condition of a deal."  On May 5th ESPN’s Peter Gammons had written that Griffey was "unlikely to agree to a deal without that option being guaranteed."
  • Rosenthal adds that Junior is open to more teams than he was previously, as being closer to his Orlando home is a less pertinent need than it once was.
  • A big league source of Rosenthal’s says Reds GM Walt Jocketty recently asked Griffey if he wanted to be dealt.  Griffey would reportedly prefer to stay but would consider a deal if that’s what the Reds want.  Griffey may be able to maintain his Type A status, but would the Reds offer him arbitration?

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