Trade Talk- Griffey To White Sox, Manny To Marlins

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox have a deal in place to move Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox pending his approval. He’s got a no trade clause and 10-5 protection, so he must approve the deal. We don’t know what the Reds are getting in return for him.

It’ll be interesting to see if Junior finally approves a trade. The Reds have been trying to move him for years but he’s always turned down the deals, including to the Mets.

Jon Heyman is reporting at SI that a three team deal is in the works for Manny Ramirez to go to the Florida Marlins, Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox, and prospects plus Jeremy Hermida to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The details haven’t been finalized yet though.

Manny Ramirez has 10-5 protection and has to approve any trade. I’m sure he’ll want something from the Marlins. He may want his two option years picked up at $20 million each, or he may want an assurance that they won’t be picked up so he can become a free agent at the end of this season. Who knows with him?

Video: Ken Rosenthal on Willie Randolph

Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal talks about pressure on Willie Randolph. He says that management wants Randolph to show more leadership and correct clubhouse problems before they become combustible situations. Rosenthal also addresses the Ken Griffey, Jr. and Matt Holliday possible trade scenarios.

Rosenthal's Inside Pitch
Rosenthal’s Inside Pitch

On Deck: Friday May 9, 2008 Mets-Reds

Cincinnati Reds (14-21) at New York Mets (17-15)  7:10pm

Matt Belisle (1-2) vs. Mike Pelfrey (2-2)


What to watch: The awful Reds come to town this weekend for a series that the Mets need for some easy wins. Matt Belisle has made three unimpressive starts for the Reds so don’t be surprised if the Mets get a good chance to heat up their bats tonight. The Reds do have some good young players but are just biding time until they can dump Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn at the trading deadline.