Griffey headed to the South Side

One of the best players of the last two decades is headed to the South Side.

Future first ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was traded by the Reds to the White Sox on Thursday for reliever Nick Masset and infielder Danny Richar.

The trade was finalized a few hours before Thursday's trade deadline and was approved by Griffey, who had a no trade clause.

This season, Junior became the sixth player to reach 600 career homers. On Wednesday, he hit his 608th homer, pulling him within one of Sammy Sosa for 5th all-time.

But Griffey has struggled this year, battling just .245 with 15 homers.

And he is headed back to the position he made famous---center field. Griffey has played the last two seasons in right but because of Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin, the only spot open in the Sox outfield is center.

Griffey told Sox GM Kenny Williams he probably would not be able to deliver the ability that made him one of the greatest center fielders of all-time back in his days with the Mariners.

Williams said they don't expect him to be that Griffey.

Junior is expected to join the team on Friday.


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