ESPN pointed out on Sunday morning, Ken Griffey Jr. will be the fourth-highest-paid player on the Cincinnati Reds payroll this season.
Griffey hasn’t played for the Reds since 2008 and hasn’t even played a Major League Baseball game since 2010.
Griffey joined the Reds in 2000 after he spent his first 11 seasons with the Mariners. He would play for them from 2000 to 2008. Griffey was then traded to the Chicago White Sox.
With the Reds, Griffey signed a nine-year, $112.5 million deal, and he would get deferred payments from 2009 to 2024.
According to Spotrac, he will earn more than $3.5 million this year, making him the fourth highest-paid player on the payroll. Joey Votto ($25 million), Mike Moustakas ($22 million) and Wil Myers ($6 million) are being paid more than Griffey by the Reds.
Griffey is a 13-time All-Star Hall of Fame centerfielder, who hit 630 home runs while winning a total of ten Gold Gloves across his legendary 22-year career.
The Reds were 62-100 last season. They last made the playoffs in the coronavirus shortened season in 2020 and in 2013 before that.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Photo courtsey of BaseballHistoryNut – Twitter