1 Aug 2008

Junior goes to Chicago

11:16 am on 1 August 2008

The Chicago White Sox have signed up 13-time All-Star outfielder Ken Griffey Jr from the Cincinnati Reds in the biggest deal ahead of Major League Baseball's trading deadline.

Right-handed reliever Nick Masset and Minor League second baseman Danny Richar will head to Cincinnati as part of the deal for the elegant hitter.

One of the biggest names in the sport, Griffey is sixth in the list of all-time home-run hitters with 608 and has been with the Reds since he joined them in 2000 after 10 years with the Seattle Mariners.

Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (609) are the only other players to reach 600 homers.

Griffey's father, Ken Sr, had two spells in Cincinnati.