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07/31/2008 3:40 PM ET
Reds trade Ken Griffey Jr. to White Sox
Acquire pitcher Nick Masset and infielder Danny Richar
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WASHINGTON -- Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of RHP Nick Masset and minor league IF Danny Richar from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for OF Ken Griffey Jr. and cash considerations.

"This is an opportunity for Ken to play for a first-place team," Jocketty said. "We hope it works out for him. Our ownership and fans appreciate the contributions he made to the organization and to our city in the time he was in Cincinnati."

Masset, 26, this season for the White Sox went 1-0 with 1 save and a 4.63 ERA in 32 appearances, including 1 start. Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round of the 2000 first-year player draft, he was acquired by the White Sox in December 2006, along with LHP John Danks and RHP Jacob Rasner, in exchange for RHP Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano. He could join the Reds as soon as tomorrow night in Washington. Masset will wear uniform number 40.

Richar, 25, this season for Class AAA Charlotte hit .262 with 9 HR, 39 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 62 games. Last season at Charlotte and Class AAA Tucson he combined to hit .305 with 13 HR and 61 RBI in 98 appearances but also hit .230 in 56 games for the White Sox. He will report to the Reds' Class AAA affiliate in Louisville.

Griffey, 38, in 102 appearances for the Reds this season hit .245 with 20 doubles, 15 HR and 53 RBI. He ranks among Major League Baseball's all-time leaders in most statistical categories, including home runs (608, 6th) and RBI (1754, 16th). Griffey was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on February 10, 2000 and in 945 games with the Reds hit .270 with 904 hits, 210 HR and 602 RBI.

To make room on the 40-man roster, IF/OF Ryan Freel (torn right distal hamstring tendon) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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