Notebook: Griffey’s agent was unaware of trade talks
CINCINNATI — Ken Griffey Jr.’s agent says he wasn’t informed that the Cincinnati Reds were trying to trade him last month.
After general manager Jim Bowden was fired by the Cincinnati Reds last week, he revealed that he had been talking to the New York Yankees about deal for Griffey.
Agent Brian Goldberg said Bowden didn’t tell him about any trade talks. Bowden divulged them while appearing as an analyst on ESPN last week, saying “there were discussions” about Griffey.
Bowden said that if Griffey hadn’t sustained a season-ending injury on July 17, he probably would have been dealt to the Yankees.
“A few people told me about what Jim said,” Goldberg said. “I don’t really have a huge reaction to it. Jim may have had intense discussions, or he may not have. It’s hard to react when the end result never took place.”
Bowden’s comments indicate the Reds haven’t given up on trying to trade their most expensive player, who returned to his hometown team in February 2000 on a nine-year, $116.5 million contract.
PHILLIES WILL HOST GAY COMMUNITY DAY NEXT WEEK
The Philadelphia Phillies will join the growing list of Major League Baseball teams reaching out to gay fans when the team hosts “Gay Community Day” next week.
Three local gay and lesbian professional associations hope to fill part of the upper deck along the first-base line in Veterans Stadium for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
The San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins have played host to gay and lesbian groups in the past. The Chicago Cubs sold almost 2,000 tickets for their annual gay community game in June, and the Florida Marlins will co-sponsor an AIDS awareness night with a weekly gay newspaper, also on Tuesday.
CONTRERAS PITCHES IN SIMULATED GAME
New York Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras threw three scoreless innings in a simulated game yesterday, his first game-type outing in two months.
The former standout on the Cuban national team has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain since June 7.
Contreras was scheduled to pitch against the Phillies in a Gulf Coast League game, but the contest was rained out. In between two thunderstorms, Contreras struck out five and allowed two hits against players from the Yankees’ GCL club.
The right-hander is scheduled to throw five innings in a Gulf Coast League game against the Tigers on Monday. He should rejoin the Yankees later this month.
Cardinals outfielder-catcher Eli Marrero, out since mid-May with torn ligaments in his right ankle, will begin a rehab assignment today with Class AAA Memphis. … The Milwaukee Brewers placed third baseman Wes Helms on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, retroactive to Aug. 6.