Griffey dealt to White Sox |

Griffey dealt to White Sox

CINCINNATI ” Ken Griffey Jr. is leaving home to get back in a pennant race.

The Chicago White Sox acquired Griffey from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, hoping the 38-year-old outfielder can help them hold onto their slim lead in the AL Central.

The Reds sent Griffey and cash to Chicago for reliever Nick Masset and Triple-A second baseman Danny Richar. The deal was announced a half-hour before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline to make trades without waivers.

Griffey, who hit his 600th home run this season, agreed to the trade earlier in the day. But because of the cash transaction involved, the deal did not become official until the commissioner’s office approved it.

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams had coveted Griffey for several years. Now older, it’s uncertain how much Griffey has left in his oft-injured body and where he will fit in with Chicago. Manager Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox began the day with a 1 1/2-game division lead over Minnesota.

“Ozzie has the opportunity to field his best team, offensively and defensively, on a day-to-day basis over the next two months,” Williams said. “And this gives us a chance to keep some of our middle-of-the-order hitters fresh and producing down the stretch.

“I spoke with Ken, and he is excited to be coming to Chicago to try to help us reach the postseason,” he added.

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