According to an SI.com report on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox will not try to re-sign the free-agent outfielder. That means the sure Hall of Famer will have played only 41 games in Chicago, which lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Division Series.Not a surprise, obviously, but I'm sitting here wondering who on Earth needs Ken Griffey Jr.? While the Sox deployed him in center, he is at best a corner outfielder now, and a bad one at that. His bat is no longer potent, so even a DH slot would be difficult for him to justify in most places. Finally, while he has never seriously rocked the boat, he has sulked on occasion, and nothing about him suggests that he'd be willing to take a small -- and I mean a really small -- contract simply to play, which is probably all he can expect to realize in 2009.
The White Sox acquired Griffey from the Cincinnati Reds in July. The team held off the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central crown but lost in four games to the Rays in the playoffs. Between the two teams last season, Griffey hit only .249 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs in 490 at-bats.
The only possible landing pad I see for him is as a gate attraction as the DH in Seattle, because at least there he constitutes an actual upgrade in performance. If they're not interested, I think it's entirely possible that he retires.