Griffey to Reds Trade Tentative
NEW YORK (AP) _ Seattle and Cincinnati agreed Wednesday night to a tentative trade sending Ken Griffey Jr. to the Reds, a top official told The Associated Press.
Cincinnati has 72 hours to work out a contract extension with Griffey that would make the trade final.
``My understanding is there has been a window requested and it has been granted,″ said Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner’s office. ``The 72-hour clock is running.″
Alderson would not say what players were involved in the proposed trade.
Under baseball’s rules, teams must first agree on the players involved in a trade, then ask the commissioner’s office for the 72-hour window. During that time, the acquiring team can attempt to work out a new contract or an extension with the player.
ESPN reported earlier that the Mariners and Reds were working on a three-way deal involving the Anaheim Angels and outfielder Jim Edmonds, but it wasn’t clear if the deal presented to baseball Wednesday night included two teams or three.
Griffey, eligible for free agency after the season, told the Mariners in November that he wanted to be traded to a team closer to his home in Orlando, Fla.
Mariners general manager Pat Gillick held talks with the New York Mets the following month, but Griffey then said he would accept a trade only to Cincinnati, where he grew up.
Reds general manager Jim Bowden cut off negotiations at the winter meetings, saying the Mariners’ demands were too steep but talks resumed in recent weeks.