CINCINNATI -- Reports that Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. is considering waiving his no-trade clause so he could be dealt to the Rays appear to be untrue. SI.com reported on Friday that Griffey told friends he was monitoring the Rays, a surprise contender this season, in case Cincinnati wanted to work a deal that would send him there. On its television ticker Sunday, ESPNews also reported similar information. Griffey's agent, Brian Goldberg, told MLB.com on Sunday that he didn't know where the story came from.
"Nobody has mentioned anything to Junior or I," Goldberg said. "It's got to be a media member thinking out loud." Goldberg added that no trade proposals have been brought to Griffey, who has 10-5 no-trade rights since he has at least 10 years of Major League service, including the past five with one team. Griffey is in the final season of a nine-year, $116.5 million contract. The Reds hold a $16.5 million option for the 2009 season, which could complicate any trade proposal. A trade to Tampa Bay would put Griffey near his family's home in Orlando, Fla. The Rays' ballpark is in St. Petersburg, which is more than an hour away. Griffey entered Sunday batting .248 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs this season. Sixth on the all-time home run list, the 38-year-old reached the 600 career home run milestone Monday vs. the Marlins.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.