Originally written February 10, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
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  February 10, 2000 - In a deal that shook the baseball world and sent Reds fans into a frenzy, the Reds acquired Cincinnati native Ken Griffey Jr. in a trade with Seattle. The Reds sent OF Mike Cameron, RHP Brett Tomko, INF Antonio Perez and RHP Jake Meyer to the Mariners to land the coveted star. Griffey Jr. signed a $116.5 million contract that tied him to the Reds for nine years. The annual salary worked out to roughly $10 million a year, with the rest in deferred payments for seven additional years. Griffey Jr. could have signed for considerably more but accepted a below-market, or "hometown discount", to return to the city he grew up in. The trade came after three months of negotiations between the two clubs amid constant public speculation. The press conference announcing the trade was carried on live television and created major headlines in newspapers across the nation. After the deal was announced, phone lines to the Reds office were instantly jammed w...
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