White Sox reportedly won't try to bring back Griffey

Updated: October 29, 2008, 9:54 AM ET
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Not long ago, Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most sought-after players in baseball. Last year, he finished as a late-season rental.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Griffey

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.

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.

He is a career .288 hitter with 611 home runs. The 13-time All-Star and 1997 MVP played 11 seasons in Seattle and parts of nine with Cincinnati.