Ken Griffey, Jr. Trade
In 1999, Ken Griffey, Jr. had become disenfranchised with the Seattle Mariners and demanded to be traded during the off season, which finally occurred on February 10, 2000. It is interesting to note that he demanded this trade just after becoming a ten and five player (ten years major league experience and five years in succession with the same team), meaning he had the ability to veto any trade involving him. After he vetoed trades to the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, newly christened Mariners general manager Pat Gillick wound up trading him to the Cincinnati Reds (his father's former team) on February 10, 2000
|February 10, 2000|
|Cincinnati Reds get:||Seattle Mariners get:|
|Ken Griffey, Jr.||Mike Cameron|
|Jake Meyer (never reached major leagues)|
Mike Cameron was the only player the Mariners got in return that had any kind of positive impact. He instantly clicked with M's fans, especially after robbing Derek Jeter of a home run at Safeco Field in the first week of his first season in Seattle and made the American League All Star Team in 2001. He left as a free agent after the 2003 season, with an average of .256 in Seattle.
Brett Tomko is the only other player who spent time with the Mariners' major league club. In his two seasons, he accumulated a 8-6 record with a 4.82 ERA. In 2001, he only pithed in 11 games due to poor performance.
Ken Griffey, Jr. was prone to injury much of the time with the Reds, averaging only 105 games played per year from 2000 to 2007. In 2007, the Reds played a three game series in Seattle, Griffey's first games in his former home city. He received a very warm reception from the crowd at Safeco Field. In seven-plus seasons with Cincinnati - he was traded to the Chicago White Sox partway through the 2008 season - Griffey hit .270 with 210 home runs and 602 RBI, averaging 26 home runs and 75 RBI per year. He wrapped up his major league career back in Seattle, playing for the club in 2009 and 2010.