The Kid is still getting paid!
Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most likable players in MLB history. Besides being one of the most dominant center fielders of the 90's Griffey was one of the most lovable personalities in the game.
His joyful exuberance for the game earned him his nickname "The Kid".
Well, this kid is still getting PAID!
The Cincinnati Reds began giving Ken Griffey Jr. a deferred payment of $3,593,750 in 2009 and continue to do that annually through the year 2024.— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) July 1, 2018
Griffey was a consistent MVP candidate during his first 10 seasons in Seattle. In 2000, the Reds
Ken Griffey Jr. painted a temporary tattoo of himself during the 1998 "Turn Ahead the Clock Night" and it's the greatest thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/eWHbf3UnJP— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) July 1, 2018
Griffey had a couple seasons where he seemingly approached his Mariners numbers but he lacked consistency and the Reds didn't compete in the NL Central
Now the Reds are stuck paying Griffey $3.6 million dollars a year until 2024. Obviously, it looks bad in hindsight but at the time of the signing, but it is understandable why they would give this money to a future Hall of Famer. It didn't work out, but it definitely wasn't an illogical decision to sign Ken Griffey Jr.