Ken Griffey Jr. Will Be Fourth Highest Paid Player For Cincinnati Reds In 2023

Ken Griffey Jr., a retired MLB legend and Hall of Famer, is still making headlines even though he hasn't played professional baseball in over a decade.

The 53-year-old is set to receive over $3.5 million from the Cincinnati Reds this season, making him one of the team's highest-paid players, despite not having played for them since 2008 and retiring in 2010.

This is due to a deferred salary from a nine-year, $112.5 million deal he signed with the Reds in 2000.

Griffey Jr. had a remarkable career in baseball and quickly became one of the most exciting players in the sport after making his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 1989.

He played alongside his father, Ken Griffey Sr., for two seasons, and they were the only father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in a game. Griffey Jr. won ten consecutive Gold Glove awards for his fielding abilities, making him a fan favorite in the 1990s.

However, his performance declined after he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2000, and a series of injuries contributed to his retirement in 2010.

Despite this, Griffey Jr. is still receiving deferred payments from his contract with the Reds, making him one of the highest-paid players on the team's payroll for the 2023 season.

According to Spotrac, only Joey Votto, Mike Moustakas (who now plays for the Colorado Rockies), and Wil Myers will earn more than Griffey Jr. on the team this season.

The Cincinnati Reds have a 40-man payroll of just over $101.7 million for 2023, which is lower than only the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles.

While some have suggested celebrating Griffey Jr. like we do Bobby Bonilla on his deferred payment day, it is undeniable that his financial accomplishment is impressive, and his legacy as a baseball player will continue to be remembered for years to come. Photo Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports