Ken Griffey Jr. is looking ancient these days.
His swing is slow. His body is creaking and his glove has gone from gold to rusted iron.
Everything is geared for the home run.
Standing at 597 home runs, Griffey is looking to take everything out of the park. The result has been no home runs since April 23 against the Astros.
Duane Shaffer, a special assistant to Seattle Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi, was in Cincinnati on Sunday to take a look at Griffey.
Let's hope he liked what he saw.
If the Reds can get a top-five prospect out of Seattle for him, I'd do it in a heartbeat. According to Deric McKamey's Minor League Baseball Analyst, Seattle's top prospects include shortstop Carlos Triunfel, catcher Jeff Clement, left-hander Tony Butler and right-hander Chris Tillman.
The other positive in dealing Griffey is that it would clear the way for last year's Sporting News minor league player of the year Jay Bruce, who is hitting .366 with eight home runs at AAA Louisville. Bruce, a true right fielder, could easily slip into right after Griffey leaves.
And, as far as the 600 home runs, let's face it. Few people even in Cincinnati really care.
The time to deal is now.